Countless vengeful spirits dashed out toward Fang Xingjian, and all sorts of negative emotions involving death, terror, hatred, and desperation assaulted his brain. However, upon entering his consciousness, they were slashed into fragments by the magnified Heaven's Volition Sword Intent.
The Heaven's Volition Sword Intent seemed to treat Fang Xingjian's entire consciousness as its territory, preventing any other force or power to enter.
Under its protection, all the waves of vengeful spirits were wiped out cleanly. Fang Xingjian was like a sharp double-edged sword, slashing his way through the waves of vengeful spirits. Then he arrived before the Darkness Demon Lord who had the Ten Directional Hell's Flag activated at full power. Fang Xingjian went slashing with his sword, seeming as if he wanted to split the Darkness Demon Lord’s skull apart.
'What went wrong? Why did things turn out this way? Why is the Ten Directional Hell's Flag useless against Fang Xingjian?' The Darkness Demon Lord bellowed inwardly as he looked at Fang Xingjian in shock and terror, watching as Fang Xingjian’s sword came slashing down. He could not understand what had happened at all.
At this life and death moment, The School of Sword Arts' Supreme Chief, who had been watching at the side and not taken any action, finally made his move.
The moment this Demigod expert, who had achieved two tiers of perfection in his body's toughness and his specialty seeds, took action, it was with a world shaking sword move.
A stream of sword light cut several hundred meters across the sky as if tearing the world apart. It set up a block right in front of Fang Xingjian. Then with a clank sound, it sent Fang Xingjian flying backward.
At the next moment, the Supreme Chief's figure seemed to have completely disappeared. All that remained was the sword light encompassing Fang Xingjian, heading toward him like a meat grinder.
The Supreme Chief’s body had disappeared, leaving only stance after stance of astonishing sword moves.
Fang Xingjian had simply never heard of such sword techniques.
Every level 29 expert would condense all the things he had learned in his life into one, leading them to possess one extremely powerful Killing technique.
An example would be the one-eyed old man's Annihilation Fist, or the Astral Obscurity Sword which the Supreme Chief was performing now. This paramount set of sword technique was a combination of the Supreme Chief's lifelong sword arts cultivation, together with The School of Sword Arts' ultimate technique, the <
In this moment, after the Astral Obscurity Sword was performed, the Supreme Chief's body had completely disappeared. All that remained was a myriad of sword lights encompassing Fang Xingjian's body, constantly attacking him.
Moreover, the Supreme Chief had achieved perfection in both his body's toughness and in his specialty seeds. So, when comparing their physical bodies, his was completely above Fang Xingjian's.
Each time Fang Xingjian fended off a beam of sword light, his vital energy and blood trembled strongly, while his bones cried out.
Every time he charged forth, he was confined by layers and layers of sword light.
And each time he swept out with his longsword, he was averted by the omnipresent sword light.
Looking at this scene, the one-eyed old man sent his martial will gushing forth, laughing madly, "Fang Xingjian, haven't you always been proud of your sword arts? Now, you can have a taste of the Supreme Chief's sword arts and feel what the greatest sword arts amongst the eight continents and in the world feels like."
As he spoke, he struck out his Annihilation Fist once again, joining the ranks to attack Fang Xingjian.
The Darkness Demon Lord was breaking out in cold sweat. He was still immersed in the lingering fear from being almost killed by Fang Xingjian's sword earlier. Then as the lingering fear gradually dissipated, what followed was rage.
"Fang Xingjian, you must die today!!"
He quickly shook the Ten Directional Hell's Flag, causing a myriad of vengeful spirits to howl, and overwhelming auras of sulfur and lava gushed forth incessantly. In the next moment, the countless vengeful spirits all gushed into his body.
The vengeful spirits were but the information remnants left behind in a human body, and information was, in the end, just information. Rather, spirits were, in the end, just spirits.
If one wished to be able to transform consciousness into something material, then there was a need for a physical body.
Only Divine level experts would be able to break through the differences between consciousness and physical material.
As more and more vengeful spirits gushed in the Darkness Demon Lord's body, not only did his body continue to get stronger and bigger, but many green veins also started to pop up on his head.
This was the second level of application for the Ten Directional Hell's Flag: to strengthen the power of one's consciousness by absorbing the endless vengeful spirits. There were many martial arts experts and second transition Knights amongst these vengeful spirits. Right now, their consciousness remnants were all used to enhance the Darkness Demon Lord's power, and the prowess of his martial will was brought to a whole new height.
With a glare, Fang Xingjian's body was sent flying as the sound of a bang rang out.
After being enhanced by the countless vengeful spirits, the Darkness Demon Lord's martial will went through a qualitative change, and he was now able to interfere in the world of physical material.
Although there might be a powerful side effect and that he was facing the possible danger of becoming a lunatic, at this moment, the Darkness Demon Lord's martial will was not only capable of being used in the enemy' consciousness. Instead, it was like a physical substance and could affect other physical items.
As a type of wave, his martial will travelled at a speed close to that of light.
"Die, Fang Xingjian!"
At the next moment, the Darkness Demon Lord sent streams of powerful martial will gushing forth, and Fang Xingjian's body was incessantly struck by the streams of great force.
This was accompanied by the endless streams of sword light flashing in the air, as well as the consecutive attacks by the one-eyed old man's Annihilation Fist. The combination rendered Fang Xingjian into a straitened situation, placing him in the disadvantage.
The one-eyed old man's martial will continued to send information to Fang Xingjian. As he smashed his punches onto Fang Xingjian’s body, he laughed loudly and said, "Fang Xingjian, where's your arrogance now? With the three of us joining forces, you don't even have a bit of a chance."
Confronted with the overlapping attacks from the trio, Fang Xingjian sneered and finally activated one of his trump cards—the Heaven's Volition Sword Intent.
Streams of sword intent soared into the sky, and under the enhancement of the Heaven's Volition Sword Intent, Fang Xingjian's sword arts cultivation improved at a rapid rate. The power of the sword intent also reinforced his body, increasing his power.
Suddenly, there was a tremendously loud boom. Under the trio’s astonished gazes, Fang Xingjian instantly slashed off the one-eyed old man's arms. The longsword he held then drew a graceful trajectory and headed for the one-eyed old man's head.
However, the Darkness Demon Lord's martial will struck Fang Xingjian's sword with a soft bang. This caused his sword force to be deflected and merely smashed into the one-eyed old man’s chest instead.
Simultaneously, streams of sword light slashed out toward Fang Xingjian's back. However, they were all fended off by Fang Xingjian's short sword. However, his longsword continued to move, striking out once again toward the one-eyed old man's head.
Amidst a mixture of shock and fury, the one-eyed old man's eye-patch shattered, with strange runes flashing on it. This represented that the 'judgement' power of the 36 Hell's Maps was activated.
With the skill activated, it would stimulate endless regrets within Fang Xingjian, which might even result in him taking his own life.
However, Fang Xingjian merely stared at the one-eyed old man. The Heaven's Volition Sword Intent broke through the powers of the Eyes of Judgement, and Fang Xingjian’s longsword continued to aim for the one-eyed old man's head.
Performing sword move after sword move, it was as if Fang Xingjian was putting his life on the line, hell-bent on killing the one-eyed old man.
The Darkness Demon Lord continued to send martial will blasting toward the White Bone Longsword in Fang Xingjian's hand, hoping to deflect it again. However, when the martial will struck the longsword, the Darkness Demon Lord discovered that the longsword trembled in a strange arching curve. Instead of being deflected, the longsword accelerated toward the one-eyed old man's head.
Fang Xingjian was using an extremely high and profound level of sword arts to build up his power. After being struck by the Darkness Demon Lord's martial will just a few times, he had come up with a way to break through them.
At that moment, Heng Tianxiao performed the top notch sword arts cultivation as The School of Sword Arts' Supreme Chief., and the entire sky instantly gleamed with brilliant light. The streams of sword light, which were like a trillion shining stars, gathered at Fang Xingjian's head with an aura that seemed like it wanted to tear through the clouds and the sky.
‘If you do not retreat, then die!’
At that moment, the sword aura the Supreme Chief displayed was in an extremely physical state while waiting for Fang Xingjian to make his choice.
However, Fang Xingjian's choice was to not retreat.
A myriad of sword lights focused onto one point and plunged down, landing on Fang Xingjian's head. However, Fang Xingjian disappeared entirely.
At the next moment, several hundred streams of sword light encompassed the Darkness Demon Lord's body. Under his horrified and stupefied gaze, they continued to dismember his body.
"Heng Tianxiao! Are you insane?!" With a furious gaze, the Darkness Demon Lord activated the Ten Directional Hell's Flag continuously, bringing up streams of seemingly physical martial will to fend off the streams of sword light.
The Supreme Chief said coldly, "It isn't me."
However, the streams of sword light became denser and denser. In the blink of an eye, they had become like a waterfall, engulfing the Darkness Demon Lord. All of his martial will was instantly torn into fragments like pieces of blue cloth. This allowed the streams of sword light to pierce through the Darkness Demon Lord incessantly, smashing up each and every piece of his flesh.
Watching this scene, the one-eyed old man bellowed furiously, "Heng Tianxiao, what are you doing?!"
"I said that it isn't me," the Supreme Chief's voice rang out coldly.
Just then, Fang Xingjian's figure slowly emerged where the Darkness Demon Lord had been previously. Fang Xingjian swept out with his longsword, and the Ten Directional Hell's Flag was rendered into fragments.
"Astral Obscurity Sword? I've already learned it."
Although Fang Xingjian had gotten everyone to keep their guard up to protect the one-eyed old man, Fang Xingjian's real target had been the person he mentioned at the very start—the Darkness Demon Lord.
Moreover, the sword technique he had used to kill the Darkness Demon Lord was the Supreme Chief's Astral Obscurity Sword.