Chapter 278: Targeted by Mu Chengxue
Chu Chaoyun was somewhat surprised. Bing Qin’s Martial Spirit was quite special. When she hid her aura, even a regular Martial King would not be able to discover her.
“The person in booth 18 is the old friend that Senior Brother saw in Liushang Pavilion.”
Chu Chaoyun said, “So it is him. No wonder you got discovered. There is no need to bother about him for now. I already obtained the item I want. Once the auction ends, we can leave.
Soon, the auction entered its final round. The auctioneer took out the first item of this round and said, “Up next is a peak lightning-attributed Earth Ranked Martial Technique, the Wukui Saber Technique.
[TLer note: I am honestly not sure what a Wukui Tree (芜葵树) is. When I searched the net, the closest thing I found is a fan palm. Even so, I am not sure about it. In any case, Palm Saber Technique is a terrible name, so I will leave this technique partially in Chinese phonetics. It will sound somewhat nice and keep the meaning ambiguous as I can’t confirm what it is.]
“According to legends, the Wukui Tree is a divine tree that was born in lightning. A strong being in the Ancient Era comprehended the Wukui Saber Technique while he was under a Wukui Tree.
“Of course, the manual in my hand is not the original book from the Ancient Era. This is an incomplete manual based on the Wukui Saber Technique. Although it does not contain the might that is described in the legends, it is still at the apex of Earth Ranked Saber Techniques.
“To every bladesman, it is a Martial Technique of their dreams. Like before, the starting price is ten thousand Inferior Grade Spirit Stones.”
Xiao Chen’s eyes lit up, the item he had been waiting for had finally arrived. He did not hesitate to make the first bid, “Fifty thousand!”
“The person in booth 18 has made his move again. It seems like this Saber Technique has caught his attention. Fortunately, I don’t need it.”
“Haha, I don’t need it as well. Otherwise, there is no way I can compete.”
“Damn it! I was searching for a lightning-attributed Saber Technique. There is no more hope for me.”
“I can’t be bothered to compete for this. I definitely can’t outbid this person. It would simply be a waste of effort.”
The hall was very noisy but no one called out a bid. Xiao Chen did not expect such a result from his actions.
Everyone in the auction hall felt anxious. This was a peak Earth Ranked Martial Technique. It could normally be sold for two hundred thousand Spirit Stones. Yet, after a bid of fifty thousand, no one else bid.
The auctioneer called out a few times, but like before, no one bid. This is a big loss, the auctioneer cursed at Xiao Chen in his heart. In the end, he could only helplessly say, “Fifty thousand Inferior Grade Spirit Stones! This Martial Technique manual belongs to booth 18.”
Xiao Chen revealed a faint smile on his face, “It looks like sometimes, having a lot of money can scare other people. Well, this is good for me.”
Xiao Chen had finally obtained the thing he had been searching for. Xiao Chen’s main motive for coming to the auction was achieved. However, Xiao Chen could only watch on as the other eight Secret Treasures were taken by other people.
Two hours later, the auction ended. Linlang Pavilion sent someone to bring all the things Xiao Chen had won to his booth.
Linlang Pavilion had specialized appraisers, so Xiao Chen’s Demonic Cores were sold successfully. After that, Xiao Chen paid up for the things he won in the auction.
One bottle of Essence Gathering Pills, two Secret Treasures, and one lightning-attributed Martial Technique. That was a total of 1,050,000 Inferior Grade Spirit Stones. Xiao Chen still had more than four thousand Medial Grade Spirit Stones with him; he had not exceeded the budget he set.
After Xiao Chen placed everything in his Universe Ring, he pushed the door of the booth open. He immediately felt a strong killing intent after he did that. He simply smiled faintly and ignored it before stepping out of the door.
Mu Chengxue was holding onto the Holy Weapon, Moonlight Beauty. When he saw Xiao Chen, a faint smile appeared on his face. He said, “So, it is him!”
An old and plain copper mirror was spinning rapidly in Mu Chengxue’s right eye, he was able to see through Xiao Chen’s disguise.
Not long after Xiao Chen left Linlang Pavilion, he was immediately blocked by Mu Chengxue and his group on the streets.
There was a somewhat grim smile on Mu Chengxue’s handsome face, making his exquisite face seem more charming.
When Mu Chengxue saw Xiao Chen, he said, “I seem to recall we met outside Yunyang City.”
Xiao Chen’s memory had always been good, he was quite familiar with this person. He nodded and said, “We have indeed met. However, I’m pretty sure you did not block my way today to tell me that!”
Mu Chengxue did not beat around the bush. He spoke straightforwardly, “Give me ten Essence Gathering Pills, I’ll give you one hundred thousand Inferior Grade Spirit Stones.”
Xiao Chen had spent five hundred thousand Inferior Grade Spirit Stones for this bottle of Essence Gathering Pills. However, there were only twenty pills inside. If ten pills were to be purchased at the same rate, it would require two hundred and fifty thousand Inferior Grade Spirit Stones.
Yet, Mu Chengxue was only willing to offer one hundred thousand Spirit Stones. This was no different from daylight robbery.
Xiao Chen shook his head and said, “Sorry, this is not for sale. Please move aside, I still have matters to deal with!”
Mu Chengxue’s hand moved quickly and casually landed on Xiao Chen’s shoulder. He whispered, “Did I say you can leave? How dare you snatch the item that I, Mu Chengxue, wants. I’ll ask you again, selling or not!”
Mu Chengxue’s voice was very soft but there were no emotions in it. It was incredibly cold and contained a boundless killing intent.
A cold gleam flashed in Xiao Chen’s eyes as he replied coldly, “Please let go, I am not on familiar terms with you!”
After Xiao Chen spoke, his right hand was quickly placed on his saber hilt and he immediately executed the Rushing Thunder Saber Technique’s Drawing the Saber.
Mu Chengxue’s reaction was not slower than Xiao Chen. In fact, it was slightly faster. By the time Xiao Chen’s right hand had touched the saber hilt, his sword was already drawn.
Two dazzling lights flashed in the air. The saber and sword clashed in mid-air and gave off a loud clang. A strong wind blew in the big street.
Xiao Chen’s saber was drawn later but it arrived first. Although he was slightly slower than his opponent, due to Drawing the Saber, his speed managed to catch up.
They both took five steps back. A huge force was transmitted via the saber and entered his arm. This caused Xiao Chen’s right arm to feel numb. He could not help but feel more cautious.
Suddenly, dark clouds gathered in the clear sky above. Occasionally, there were crackles of thunder coming from the churning clouds above.
Mu Chengxue looked at the dark clouds above and said indifferently, “Small Perfection state of thunder. No wonder you dare to make a move against me. Unfortunately, it is just the Small Perfection.
Suddenly, a strong wind blew behind Mu Chengxue. Occasionally, there would be lightning tearing through the air in the wind. The other Night Spirit Palace disciples quickly moved aside.
“This is First Senior Brother’s state of wind thunder. This fellow is dead for sure,” one of the Night Spirit Palace disciples who was beaten up by Xiao Chen in the past said excitedly.
Mu Yanxue stood to the side quietly. She did not say anything or express her opinions. To her, this was a good opportunity to assess Mu Chengxue’s true capabilities.
Clouds churned in the sky, the wind howled, and thunder roared. There was a lot of activity going on. The sight of all this attracted the attention of everyone on the street.
Xiao Chen’s gaze was calm like still water. Mu Chengxue was able to merge two states together so perfectly into the state of wind thunder. He truly lived up to his title as Night Spirit Palace’s top expert.
Mu Chengxue pushed his feet off the ground and a strong wind blew as his body flew. A boundless killing intent was hidden in the sword that seemed as gentle as moonlight. The sword pierced viciously at Xiao Chen.
A cold light glinted on the sword, then it suddenly sent out a horrifying lightning amidst the strong wind. Before the sword arrived, the lightning had already arrived before Xiao Chen.
Xiao Chen executed the Azure Dragon Cloud Soaring Art and his figure flashed. He left behind a purple arc as he moved and dodged before the lightning struck him.
A large hole was blasted out at the spot that Xiao Chen once stood. Countless amounts of dirt were kicked up into the air, before immediately being scattered by the strong wind.
In the instant the strong wind scattered, Xiao Chen appeared behind Mu Chengxue from nowhere and a thunder crackled in the sky above.
Xiao Chen carried the might of rushing thunder as his Lunar Shadow Saber hacked down on Mu Chengxue. Mu Chengxue moved his wrist and his sword immediately blocked Xiao Chen’s attack.
“Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!”
The two of them made their moves quickly in the air. When the saber and the sword met, thunder and lightning appeared unceasingly. It shook everybody’s eardrums, causing them some mild pain.
Wave after wave of shockwaves came from the two of them. As a result of the shockwaves, some buildings on the street were shattered into dust.
The cloud of dust blown up by the strong wind became thicker, and the surrounding people could no longer see the situation within. They could only hear the endless shouts within. They guessed that the fight inside was very intense.
A light flashed in Xiao Chen’s eyes. He saw an opportunity and immediately executed the Roaming Dragon’s Nine Transformations and Cloud Breaking Refreshing Breeze Chop.
Within the strong wind and lightning, Xiao Chen split into nine figures. Nine cool breezes came from the nine figures.
In an instant, Xiao Chen’s killing intent vanished from the intense battlefield, it was incredibly strange.
Mu Chengxue smiled and said, “Qingyun Peak’s Secret Technique, Clear Wind Chop. Only seeing the cool breeze and not the saber. It is just an insignificant trick.
The Holy Weapon, Beauty Under the Moon, released a gorgeous light from Mu Chengxue’s hand, emulating the gentle golden light of the moon.
There seemed to be a girl humming softly in the moonlight.
Space fluctuated in the girl’s surroundings like ripples on the surface of water. Mu Chengxue’s figure immediately became incredibly blurry.
Xiao Chen was astonished, this was the dao of a Holy Weapon. Mu Chengxue had used the Holy Weapon to change the rules of this space within a short moment.
The nine figures in the air merged back into one body. Then, Mu Chengxue pierced through it. Then, like a reflection, Mu Chengxue’s figure appeared in front of him.
There was a mocking smile on Mu Chengxue’s face as he looked at Xiao Chen. Xiao Chen moved rapidly toward Mu Chengxue. However, there seemed to be an infinite distance between him and Mu Chengxue.
Regardless of how Xiao Chen advanced, Mu Chengxue always remained ten meters in front of him. Ten meters was the distance of a single leap to Xiao Chen but it seemed impossible to complete.
Although Xiao Chen was astonished, he was not in too much of a panic. He maintained his calm and immediately stopped. He used his Spiritual Sense to cover his body and slowly descended to the ground.
However, Mu Chengxue’s figure still remained ten meters in front of him, descending together with him.
Suddenly, a resplendent moonlight was fired into Xiao Chen’s eyes. The girl’s melodious humming resounded from beside Xiao Chen’s ears.
The moonlight obscured Xiao Chen’s vision, the sound of the girl obscured his hearing. The space started fluctuating quickly. Xiao Chen’s five senses had all vanished instantly.
Xiao Chen closed his eyes and his left hand suddenly made a grab in the air, catching a sword piercing toward him.
Mu Chengxue’s face was clearly filled with incredible shock. He said, “Impossible, your five sense have all vanished. How did you know where my attack was coming from?”
Xiao Chen remained silent. The purple light of the Lunar Shadow Saber flickered non-stop as he chopped down on Mu Chengxue.