“Brat, you’re a reckless one if you’re sticking your nose into the business of our Heiyun clan. Do you wish to die?” One of the middle-aged man barked angrily at Jian Chen.
Still smiling in disdain, Jian Chen replied, “The way I see it, the ones that wish to die are you three and not me.”
“You’re going to die for that!” The three men snarled with fury. Immediately, two of the three men charged with their Saint Weapons in order to teach this young man in front of them a rough lesson.
Pointing his finger, Jian Chen allowed for two beams of Sword Qi to fly out towards these two men.
The two beams of Sword Qi embedded itself into the males’ forehead and then out of it, leaving behind a huge cavity in their heads.
There hadn’t even been enough time for them to scream out before they died. But because of inertia, their bodies continued forward another five or six meters before finally coming to a stop on the ground with their eyes wide open in death.
The fact that Jian Chen had killed two Earth Saint Masters as if it were nothing with just a flick of his finger had caused an endless amount of surprise to everyone watching. They had fled several meters away to maintain their safety as they gasped in shock at the sight. Even those who had been standing nearby Jian Chen had kept their distance--not a single one of them dared to draw any closer as if afraid of causing trouble with this man.
The single remaining survivor from the Heiyun clan had been dumbfounded by the strength of Jian Chen. He was fully aware of the strength of the two friends of his--they were stronger than even he was--so he was completely caught off guard that a young twenty something year old man would be able to kill them both so easily.
But even despite his befuddlement, the man had quickly recovered. Without any hesitation in his decisions, he immediately turned around and fled. He was a clever person and knew that Jian Chen had a bone to pick with his clan. If he stayed behind, then he would have been killed like the other two friends of his. And so the only way to survive was to escape as well.
Leveling a calm stare at the escaping man, Jian Chen raised his finger again and shot a beam of Sword Qi accurately onto the man’s calf.
The man had let out a pain-filled scream as the beam straight through his leg. With pain shooting straight up through his leg, the man’s ability to run had been knocked for a loop, causing him to fall to the ground.
Slowly walking on over to the middle-aged man, Jian Chen looked at him with cold eyes. “Where is the Heiyun clan located?”
There had been no fear in the man’s eyes as he snarled back at Jian Chen, “I’m not afraid to die! Whether it’s by torture or by illness, you’ll never get anything from me!”
“You didn’t seem to look like tough guy.” Jian Chen smiled.
The youth that had been chased by these three men crawled up to his feet with a painful grit of his teeth. When he saw that the bird-like magical beast cub in his hands was unharmed, he let out a sigh in relief. After listening to what Jian Chen had said, he spoke, “I know where the Heiyun clan is.” His voice was had been exuberantly weak since his internal organs were heavily injured as well.
A fearsome glint entered Jian Chen’s eyes as he took in this information. “If someone else knows the answer, what use is there for you?” He spoke. With a single burst of Sword Qi, he stabbed it straight into the last man’s head.
Afterwards, Jian Chen walked up to the other youth. When he saw just how heavily injured the youth was, Jian Chen gave a small pause of hesitation as if considering something. Then, he took out a Radiant Spirit Pill from his Space Ring and handed it to him, “Eat this and recover your strength. You’ll be taking me to the Heiyun clan, so traveling there as you are now would be inconvenient for the both of us.”
“Sire, I thank you for your benevolence in saving me, but this item right here is far too precious for….” The youth hesitated to take it.
“A Class 6 Radiant Spirit Pill is nothing for me. Eat it.” Jian Chen waved his finger and levitated the pill into the youth’s man and then throat.
With the Radiant Spirit Pill ingested, the injuries that the youth had sustained was beginning to heal. Although it wasn’t fully enough for a full recovery, it had served to heal him to a considerable degree.
“Sire, you’ve saved my life already, and now you’re giving me such a precious Radiant Spirit Pill to treat my wounds. I am truly at a loss for what reason sire would be so benevolent.” The youth spoke gratefully.
“I have a bone to pick with the Heiyun clan, saving you was a convenient task to do on the way. There is no need for your thanks, take that pill as recompense for you guiding the way for me.” Jian Chen smiled.
“Sire, your generosity has earned my respect. I am Wang Yufeng, how may I address sire?” The man cupped his hands together.
“Your wounds have healed by now. Let us be on the way then. Take me to the Heiyun clan.” Jian Chen replied.
From this, Wang Yufeng knew that Jian Chen wasn’t willing to give his own name and knew better than to continue asking for it. “The Radiant Spirit Pill is truly a powerful pill. In such a short time, I feel my wounds already stabilized. Leading the way would be no problem at all with this short of a recovery rate. Sire, the Heiyun clan is about five thousand kilometers away, please allow me to guide you there now.” He spoke before starting to run.
But just as he took a single step away, Jian Chen had already held his shoulder tightly and allowed for the wind elements in the world to carry them both. With the wind carrying them swiftly up into the air, the two of them quickly became the size of an ant before speeding away into the distance.
“Heavens! That young man was a Heaven Saint Master!”
“No wonder he was able to kill those three Earth Saint Masters so easily! He was a Heaven Saint Master!”
The people on the streets had let out a cry of astonishment when they saw Jian Chen bring Wang Yufeng away into the air and began to gossip to one another.
Looking down to see that the city below them was growing smaller and smaller, Wang Yufeng had been stunned. But soon enough, he recovered enough to look at Jian Chen in a completely different light.
“You’re a Heaven Saint Master!” He exclaimed in shock. He had truly found it hard to believe that a youth that was younger than him was actually a Heaven Saint Master. Could this youth used some sort of secret technique to alter his appearance?
But as he thought, a sudden realization hit Wang Yufeng, causing him to blanch. “Are you Jian Chen?”
“Correct!” Jian Chen confirmed.
“Ah! So you’re Jian Chen!” Straight away, Wang Yufeng’s face adopted an extremely emotional expression. The name of Jian Chen was essentially the same as a clap of thunder. Not only was he the King of Mercenaries, he was also a Heaven Saint Master that had been able to kill five Heaven Saint Masters outside of Mercenary City all by himself. Such a shocking battle prowess like this was absolutely breathtaking and was far more than enough for any youngster to idolize him. Wang Yufeng had been no exception to this.
Wang Yufeng had absolutely no idea that the person that had saved him would actually be the illustrious King of Mercenaries, Jian Chen. Compared to him, Wang Yufeng was almost worlds apart in power and fame and had thus left him utterly responseless.
“I did not think that I would be able to meet the renowned Jian Chen. To be able to meet your acquaintance is an honor that I, Wang Yufeng, had never felt before. Jian Chen, although I am not as strong as you are, I am a Second Cycle Earth Saint Master. If you will allow it, please allow me to accompany you in your travels. I will work as hard as a horse and as loyally as a dog!” Wang Yufeng looked expectantly towards him. He had been earnest in serving a Heaven Saint Master. It would not hurt him in any way, especially if that Heaven Saint Master was a practically unlimited potential expert like him.
Shooting a glance at Wang Yufeng, Jian Chen shook his head, “I have plenty of enemies that are equally strong as I am in power. Following me would not be a good idea, or else you may find yourself stuck in a pit of eternal damnation.”
“I, Wang Yufeng, am not afraid to die in order to live! I fear no enemy and truly wish to travel with you. It would be far more marvelous to travel with you than with myself. Jian Chen, please accept me into your group.” He spoke in resolution. He knew that this was an extremely rare opportunity, so he was very unwilling to let it go.
Jian Chen had hesitated for a brief moment when he saw how resolved Wang Yufeng was. Thinking about how few people there were in the Flame Mercenaries that that were loyal to him, Jian Chen reconsidered it. “Very well then, since my mercenary group is shorthanded at the moment, I’ll accept you into it.”
Jian Chen’s reply had caused Wang Yufeng no small amount of joy and had him light up with excitement.
“Ah, why were the men of the Heiyun clan chasing you?” Jian Chen asked curiously.
A dark expression crossed Wang Yufeng’s face in that moment. Looking down at the bird-like beast cub in his hands, he snarled, “It was all because of this beast cub that I was chased. A month ago, I happened across a Steelwing beast nest in a nearby forest. There was only a single cub, so I was fortunate enough to obtain the cub after expending a large amount of my strength. But then the Heiyun clan accosted me on my way back and wanted to take it from me for their own greed. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to take them on and fled for an entire month. Sometimes, I would barely escape death from their hands, and then it was at this final encounter that I was able receive lord Jian Chen’s help.”