"Brother Bi, who are we going to deal with?"
The smile disappeared from Bi Jing Wei's face. He then replied, "We have to deal with Shou Kun of the Ten Thousand Beasts Villa!"
"You mean the Shou Kun who's presently at the 6th position on the merit list?" Ye Xiwen asked incredulously. 'Ten Thousand Beasts Villa' was a colossus force. However, it was neither located in the Central Region nor in the Southern Region… It was located in the far Western Region instead. They had been ruling the majority of Western Region for many years.
However, the True Martial University's disciples knew about the 'Ten Thousand Beasts Villa' because the conflict between the True Martial University and the Ten Thousand Beasts Villa wasn't just a day or two old.
In fact, one would find that the Ten Thousand Beasts Villa was a part of the True Martial University if they traced its roots. However, it was called Ten Thousand Beasts Hall back then. It was a subordinate wing of the True Martial University, and had an outstanding reputation inside the university.
It could be said that 70% to 80% of the battle-type spirit beasts of the True Martial University were nurtured by the Ten Thousand Beasts Hall back then. So, they had a pivotal position in the True Martial University.
However, the Lord of the Ten Thousand Beasts Hall was an ambitious person. He had carried most of the Ten Thousand Beasts Hall's experts far away to the Western Region, and had established the Ten Thousand Beasts Villa after the True Martial University had gradually declined. The Ten Thousand Beasts Villa had slowly developed with the passage of time. And, it had now become an illustrious force in the True Martial World.
The Ten Thousand Beasts Hall had suddenly declined in the university after these elites had left. Conseuwntly, this top-notch force had suddenly fallen behind many others. It had gone from being an outstanding inheritance in the True Martial University… to an imitation of its past-self. It had simply become worthless. In fact, many disciples of the True Martial University might not even know that the Ten Thousand Beasts Hall had ever existed in the university.
The most authentic method of managing the beasts had also been taken away by the Ten Thousand Beasts Villa. Therefore, the remaining force had become a shell…
The disciples of the True Martial University hated the Ten Thousand Beasts Villa countless times more than the Xuan Yuan Palace Hall even though the latter had been opposing the True Martial University endlessly. Therefore, a battle of life or death was certain to break out between the True Martial University and the Ten Thousand Beasts Villa if they came across each other.
These were old grudges. However, there was a new enmity apart from these old grudges. After all, the Ten Thousand Beasts Villa had been trying to move southwards over the last few years. It wanted to expand its force in the entire Southern Region. The Ten Thousand Beasts Villa had split out from the True Martial University. So, it had many spies in the Southern Region. These spies had been lurking for hundreds… or more than thousand… or may be even more than ten-thousand years. But, they had remained silent the entire time. However, they had unceasingly launched attacks after the Ten Thousand Beasts Villa had decided to enter the Southern Region. And, this had given the True Martial University a headache. A major war had never taken place between the two sides. However, small skirmishes had been happening unceasingly between the core disciples of the sage realm.
[New enmity… plus old grudges… How could they not wish to kill each other?]
Ye Xiwen also got a headache when he thought of this. The True Martial University had many enemies. However, every current big force hadn't been a subordinate of the True Martial University back then. They had basically been rebels back in the day. In fact, there were a very few forces who had been sworn enemies of the True Martial University in those days.
This Shou Kun was undoubtedly the most outstanding disciple among all the disciples of the Ten Thousand Beasts Villa. He was the top-tier expert among all the core disciples. So, he was very famous in the True Martial World.
His fame was obviously very different from the kind that Ye Xiwen enjoyed. After all, Ye Xiwen was merely a new disciple at this time. He was indeed famous. However, people didn't care about him. After all, a large number of such people used to appear in every hundred years. However, an expert like Shou Kun was entirely different. He was a big personality whose name could shake an entire region. On top of that, he was about to enter the Great Sage realm…
He had managed to obtain the sixth position on the merit list. He had even surpassed Bi Jing Wei. So, his strength was evident from this aspect alone...
The ranking on the merit list didn't represent the ultimate ranking of strength. That was because some people were good at fighting alone, while others were expert in fighting in a group. These were two completely different concepts. However, anyone who had broken into top 20 positions or even top 50 positions must be a scary character standing at the peak of the late stage of half-step Great Sage realm. And, this also meant that they could enter the Great Sage realm at any time.
"Yeah, it's him!" Bi Jing Wei replied in a deep voice. A fierce glint flashed in his eyes. "This person is quite powerful. However, he's also very shameless… Plus, he ought to be stronger than me. After all, he had reached the peak of the late stage of half-step Great Sage realm a thousand years ago!"
Ye Xiwen couldn't help but hold his breath as he heard this. [Reached the peak of the late stage of half-step Great Sage realm a thousand years ago?! Wouldn't he be the same as people like Mu Sheng Jie and Huang Wuji in terms of cultivation time?]
[However, Huang Wuji and Mu Sheng Jie had reached the Great Sage realm a thousand years ago. How is this guy still hovering over the late stage of half-step Great Sage realm? It doesn't make any sense.]
"He was one of the famous heaven's pride experts back then. It is said that his accumulation has already completed. However, he hasn't promoted to the Great Sage realm, and has stayed in this realm. It's not the first time or second time that he has participated in the Devil World Competition. He comes with an evil scheme for the disciples of our True Martial University every time. Many brilliant young disciples of our university have fallen at his hands. In fact, almost all our disciples had been killed by him one time!" Bi Jing Wei was brimming with murderous aura when he was speaking. "Our university has spies in their Ten Thousand Beasts Villa. And, those spies believe that this might be the last time that Shou Kun is participating in the Devil World Competition. He'll return to the closed-door training, and make the breakthrough into Great Sage realm after the end of the competition. He has excellent background. So, I'm afraid that he will make another breakthrough in quick succession. And, this means that he will reach an extremely profound level within the Great Sage realm if he were allowed to make this breakthrough. Then, I won't be able to deal with him even if I enter the Great Sage realm as well. Only Brother Huang Wuji or Brother Mu Sheng Jie might be able to deal with him after that happens!"
Ye Xiwen nodded. [That Shou Kun must've entered the late stage of half-step Great Sage realm a thousand years ago if this information is correct. How terrifying would it be if his accumulation of thousand years burst out at once…? He'll be far above an average Great Sage even if he wouldn't be able to contend against people like Mu Sheng Jie and Huang Wuji.]
He finally understood why Bi Jing Wei was insisting on killing Shou Kun at this time. After all, Shou Kun's cultivation was extremely profound. So, an ordinary expert of late stage of half-step Great Sage realm might not be able to withstand even a single move from him. However, he was basically still in the half-step Great Sage realm. It was quite difficult to deal with him… However, it wasn't impossible.
However, the disparity between Shou Kun and Bi Jing Wei would increase very quickly once Shou Kun entered the Great Sage realm. After all, Shou Kun's accumulation was a thousand years ahead of Bi Jing Wei. It might not reflect at this time. However, it would manifest once he entered the Great Sage realm.
Therefore, Bi Jing Wei might not get another opportunity if he didn't launch an attack at this time.
Bi Jing Wei was a top-tier heaven's pride expert. However, Shou Kun wasn't any less talented. Moreover, he also had an accumulation of almost a thousand years. Therefore, Bi Jing Wei might not get another opportunity to take revenge in his entire lifetime… unless a miracle happened.
Ye Xiwen clearly knew that Bi Jing Wei was loyal and devoted to the university. Any person or force that opposed the university would become a thorn in Bi Jing Wei's eyes. And, he would wish to kill them with his own hands.
"He is slaughtering in big numbers since he is participating in the Devil World Competition for the last time. A news has recently arrived that more than five heavens' pride experts have met a violent deaths at his hands. All those experts had been among the Top 100 people on the merit list. It is said that his gaze is fixed on our True Martial University. Therefore, I have no choice but to attack in advance. I must put him down before he poses any threat to the disciples of our university!" Bi Jing Wei coldly said. His strength hadn't been enough in the previous Devil World Competition. It hadn't been enough to cause any threat to Shou Kun. However, this was the first time that his strength had reached very close to that of Shou Kun. Moreover, it might also be his last opportunity. So, there was no way that he wouldn't give it everything he had.
Ye Xiwen's complexion also turned serious. [So this is the case… Then, it is necessary to launch an attack on Shou Kun and kill him in advance. Otherwise, it'll be a huge threat for the True Martial University's disciples.]
An ominous glint flickered in Ye Xiwen's eyes. [I'll even use the Star Colossus's Avatar if needed.]
"The Ten Thousand Beasts Villa excels in the method of controlling the beasts. Brother Bi, we have to first sweep away the devil beasts present in the vicinity. Otherwise, I'm afraid that Shou Kun will make use of these devil beasts!" Ye Xiwen said. The Ten Thousand Beasts Villa had split up from True Martial University's Ten Thousand Beasts Hall. It had already separated. However, the True Martial University's people were fully-aware of the various secret martial arts techniques of the Ten Thousand Beasts Hall.
The scariest one among their techniques was the method of controlling beasts. Therefore, it would be a big disaster if the enemy spotted the devil beasts, ominous beasts, and so on in the vicinity.
The enemy had already trained several spirit beasts for battle. Moreover, the other ominous beasts and devil beasts present in the surroundings could also be exploited by them. Those beasts wouldn't be as good as the spirit beasts they had raised and trained in-person. However, they still couldn't be underestimated.
Bi Jing Wei was wiping out those beasts in order to avoid any mishap, and to reduce Shou Kun's fighting prowess.
Bi Jing Wei had been on expeditions for many years. So, it could be said that he was very experienced. Therefore, he must've thought about these things in advance.
Bi Jing Wei explained a few things to Ye Xiwen. Then, he once again joined his team which was wiping out the devil beasts. He even expanded the scope of slaughtering this time.
"What's wrong Ye Xiwen? Do you need me… your great master? I'll help you. How powerful can an expert of the late stage of half-step Great Sage realm be? I'll kill him in one slap!" Ling Fei brandished her small fist, and proudly looked at Ye Xiwen. It seemed from her appearance that she was trying to say - I'll help you if you need me!
Ye Xiwen's face turned dark. He was afraid that Ling Fei might refer to herself as his master in front of everyone. Ye Xiwen hadn't agreed to be her pet. However, Ling Fei would still address herself as his master from time to time.
She didn't have any evil intentions behind it. However, it made Ye Xiwen feel at a loss.
"I don't need your help!" Ye Xiwen shook his head. How could he possibly let Ling Fei fight in front of so many people?
He turned around, and joined Bi Jing Wei's group in wiping out those devil beasts.
Not even a day had passed when another familiar figure arrived with a group of people. It was none other than Gao Ling Xiu! She had disappeared for several months… However, she looked even more confident now since she'd had some experience in the Devil World.
(To be continued)