Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
There was a saying that went: people speak nicely when they are on the verge of death.
Lin Mubai felt like he was going to die. That was why he spoke more kindly and did not blame Ling Yun Tower overtly. All he wanted was the fulfilment of his last wishes.
Fang Zhengzhi, however, did not want to die. Thus, he did not feel the need to mince his words. He felt that in terms of dealing with Ling Yun Tower, only evil could overcome evil.
Fang Zhengzhi had used a particularly vile insult. Calling someone a woman with a “big and round face” and “an ugly monster” was very impressionable.
Fang Zhengzhi had decided to go all out and shot his mouth off with no mercy.
Anyway, it was all just words. Not much energy was required.
Of course, as for the effect of the scolding…
Fang Zhengzhi looked around him and saw that the present disciples of Ling Yun Tower as well as the five women with Cang Yue were all dumbfounded.
Seems like it was pretty effective!
The response came swiftly.
However, it did not come from the intended target.
The first person to express his anger was not a disciple of Ling Yun Tower nor the five women standing beside Cang Yue.
The disciples of Ling Yun Tower and the five women standing beside Cang Yue had all heard Fang Zhengzhi and were shocked. Still, they all remained silent and looked at each other helplessly.
On the other hand, Lin Mubai had become agitated and acted like he had been slapped by someone. His pale face was slowly turning red.
“Fang Zhengzhi, you dare insult my… why would you insult Yu Er!” Lin Mubai was enraged but he tried hard to control himself.
“Shameless rascal. How would my motherbe an ugly Monster. Besides… monsters aren’t ugly!” Ping Yang had a firm view that her mother was not ugly.
After all, no one would find their own mother ugly.
Fang Zhengzhi was speechless.
He had been confident that his goading would succeed but yet he only managed to elicit reactions from the people on his side. The people who were supposed to be railing at the top of their voices remained silent.
What had gone wrong?
Was none of them interested in defending the reputation of their master?
Things were becoming awkward.
Just as Fang Zhengzhi was considering whether to continue with his tirade, the response that he had been waiting for rang out.
“Fang Zhengzhi, how dare you sully the good name of our master!” It was the severely injured Cang Yue.
While the other members of Ling Yun Tower held their tongues, Cang Yue, the personal aide to Yu Er, chose to speak out.
Fang Zhengzhi’s eyes brightened a little.
It was not that his words were not effective. The people from Ling Yun Tower just had slow reactions.
Could he expect a storm now?
Fang Zhengzhi did not fire back immediately and decided to wait for a heavier reaction.
The thing was, all of the members of Ling Yun Tower remained wordless and stared quietly at Fang Zhengzhi. It was very strange.
“…” Fang Zhengzhi felt his cheeks burn a little. He had always prided himself on his thick skin but their judgemental gazes were getting to him.
What did this mean?
The disciples of Ling Yun Tower had no qualms about sacrificing themselves for victory but were letting him get away with verbally abusing their leader?
So much for their faith!
Fang Zhengzhi could not believe it. He decided to try again with viler words.
“Yu Er, you flat chested hag. Not only do you have a big and round face, you have eyes of different sizes, a crooked nose, buck teeth, freckles, legs of different length…”
Fang Zhengzhi was listing out every possible characteristic of an ugly woman.
Lin Mubai exploded!
“Dirty rascal, shut your mouth. Yu Er resembles Ping Yang, especially in the eyes. She looks nothing like your description!”
“Shameless fellow, what did my mother do to offend you?” Ping Yang did not understand Fang Zhengzhi’s motive in doing this.
Another voice rang out.
“I beseech the five masters to kill him on my behalf!”
It was not an order but more of a plea. This meant that Cang Yue was not of a higher rank than the five women.
The five women nodded gently in response to Cang Yue and shot looks at the two white-robed women standing beside Green Jade.
The two white-robed women quickly understood and rushed over to Cang Yue where they guarded her.
The five women had begun to act.
They walked towards Fang Zhengzhi, Ping Yang and Lin Mubai breezily and surrounded them.
Fang Zhengzhi had wanted to continue with his scolding.
Nevertheless, he decided to stop after he realised that he had angered Lin Mubai and Ping Yang while the people from Ling Yun Tower were unfazed.
Fang Zhengzhi was surprised that things had turned out this way. Goading was supposed to be a surefire technique but yet it did not work on the Ling Yun Tower personnel.
Were they exceptionally tolerant or did they not know who Yu Er was? Or was ‘Yu Er’ just an alias used by the leader of Ling Yun Tower on her travels?
Something still wasn’t right though!
Even if they did not know that Yu Er was an alias of the leader of Ling Yun Tower, they should have been able to make an inference based on all that Cang Yue had said and the fact that she calls Yu Er ‘master’.
Unless Yu Er wasn’t the leader of Ling Yun Tower?
However, if this was the case, that would mean that Cang Yue was not as high ranking as previously thought, which did not explained why Ling Yun Tower had assigned five protectors to her. It was mind-boggling.
Fang Zhengzhi knew that there was a problem somewhere but he did not know where.
He did not have much time to think about all these anyway.
The five women had taken up their positions around Fang Zhengzhi, Lin Mubai and Ping Yang.
Fang Zhengzhi knew that these positions were not arbitrary and that their orientation corresponded to the five elements.
“Three against five doesn’t seem very favourable to you. Why not let me fight all five of you while we let Ping Yang and His Majesty leave?” Fang Zhengzhi stood in front of Ping Yang and Lin Mubai with a sword in his hand. He smirked.
“Young master Fang, I admire your self-confidence. Very well, as long as Ping Yang doesn’t interfere, we will leave our leader to deal with her personally!” One of the women who was in a red dress and whose hair was slightly white smiled back at Fang Zhengzhi.
“Yu Er the old flat-chested monster hag!” Fang Zhengzhi nodded. He turned to Ling Yun Tower and spewed out another string of obscenities.
“…” The five women heard him and shared a strange look with each other.
They no longer stood on ceremony.
They had no intention of trading barbs with Fang Zhengzhi and went all out in their assault.
Or at least that was what Fang Zhengzhi thought.
There was a saying that went: when experts move, their skill immediately becomes apparent.
Green shoots popped out of the ground rapidly all around Fang Zhengzhi.
The shoots shimmered with a greenish light. They looked like small pieces of jade and were beautiful.
Of course, there were two sides to everything.
Beautiful things tended to be dangerous. The green shoots were harmless, to begin with, but the green shimmer turned them into terrifying little blades that were razor-sharp.
In a short time, thousands of cracks appeared on Fang Zhengzhi’s black armour. The cracks all had bits of green light in them.
“Oh? Not bad!” Fang Zhengzhi examined the cracks on his armour and saw that the five women had a green shimmer around them. His smile widened.
It was clear that the five women had made use of a technique similar to those used in the Jade Bamboo Region. However, the effects were entirely different.
Even the duel with Great Elder Yin Yu on the Nine Pinnacles Mountain had not resulted in severe damages on his black armour.
“Young Master Fang, you’re aren’t doing badly either!” The woman in the centre replied to Fang Zhengzhi with a wide smile too.
This was a smiling battle.
Nevertheless, they all had the intention to kill, which was apparent from the crackling and banging sounds in the air.
Those were the sounds of the black fire burning on Fang Zhengzhi’s armour coming into contact with the green shimmer. The two energies were fighting each other.
The green shimmer had an obvious upper hand though, for Fang Zhengzhi was taking them on one to five.
Ping Yang clenched her fists.
As she stayed by Lin Mubai’s side, she could feel the heavy pressure of the surrounding air. Breathing was becoming harder.
“One against five! Can this shameless fellow win?” Ping Yang was worried but she refrained from making any moves. Fang Zhengzhi’s gaze told her that he would be fine, at least for now.
Right after Fang Zhengzhi shot Ping Yang a look, the black fire that had been resisting the green shimmer suddenly disappeared.
In a flash, the green shimmer pounced madly onto Fang Zhengzhi and swallowed him up.
This happened very quickly and not only Ping Yang was stunned. Even Cang Yuan and the five women were taken aback.
“Why did he suddenly become so weak?” Cang Yue did not understand what was going on. She did not want to praise Fang Zhengzhi but she was clear about his prowess.He was not weak and was in fact terrifying powerful.
“What is going on?”
“Did the Origin Energy suddenly run out?”
“This isn’t right. From what we felt just now… he shouldn’t have had any problems in the short term.”
The five women were astonished. After all, they had faced Fang Zhengzhi directly and were not naive people.
Just as Cang Yue, the five women and Ping Yang were confounded, the green shimmer that had swallowed Fang Zhengzhi dispersed completely.
The bits of green light on Fang Zhengzhi’s armour had disappeared as well.
Even the cracks on Fang Zhengzhi’s armour had melted away like ice.
“Just as how the five elements countered reach other, everything in the world has its counter. Sometimes, it isn’t that you aren’t powerful. It’s just that your dao has been restrained by my dao. You are smart people and will understand what I am talking about. Give up your struggle because your assault won’t do anything to me!”
Fang Zhengzhi stared directly at the woman in the centre of the formation. The smile on his face was showing no sign of dissipating. If anything, it was becoming brighter.