The sharp cry of an eagle resounded in the heavens and the earth. The ear-piercing sound became real, and multiple deep scratches were seen on the ground. A terrifying oppression covered the place. Everyone, including the Chiefs of the Academies, turned pale under the oppression.
A few Chiefs looked gravely at the huge eagle and said, "Is this the actual body of the Ancient Dragonhawk?"
"It is in fact the actual body and not the Soul Essence… but why has the Ancient Dragonhawk hidden itself in Ji Xuan's body? Given his power, he would not be able to tame it," some of the Chiefs said with curiosity.
The Ancient Dragonhawk was ranked number eight in the Spiritual Beasts Ranking Chart. The Spiritual Beasts in this level would have matured, and their power was comparable to the Sovereign-level. Ji Xuan had just managed to open up the Sovereign Sea. Strictly speaking, he had not reached the Sovereign-level, thus he could not have the ability to tame the Ancient Dragonhawk and control it.
Some of the Chiefs looked at one another and were baffled as well.
"The strength of this Ancient Dragonhawk has reached Grade Four Sovereign… it seems like the outcome is obvious. There is no need to continue with the fight," one of the Chiefs shook his head and said helplessly.
In the Academy, those at Grade Four Sovereign could become an elder. The elders of the Five Great Academies were extremely powerful. Their level was a level beyond the reach of the disciples.
"Ha, Chief Tian Sheng, your Academy is cheating. The Ancient Dragonhawk does not belong to Ji Xuan. He has borrowed it. This is against the rules!" Chief Tai Cang said in a deep voice and looked coldly at the huge Ancient Dragonhawk.
Upon hearing this, Chief Tian Sheng smiled and said, "Chief Tai Cang, what you have said is not right. This Ancient Dragonhawk has nothing to do with our Academy. This is Ji Xuan's own doing. The Ancient Dragonhawk is lodging in him, and Ji Xuan has paid a great price to possess such a great power."
The Chiefs of the other three Great Academies were shocked. Lodging was extremely dangerous. When the Ancient Dragonhawk was present in the human body, it could attempt to take over the person's mind and replace it with its own. Likewise, the lodger could attempt to refine its power and control it.
This was betting one's life on it. The one who had been defeated had to pay a great price for it.
Generally speaking, very few people and Spiritual Beasts would go for this method. No man would want to put a time bomb in his body. To a Spiritual Beast, it was too dangerous. They would not want to be placed in such a situation.
Lodging was thus rarely seen.
"The Ancient Dragonhawk is eyeing Ji Xuan's physique and it is trying to take over. Ji Xuan, on the other hand, is eyeing the Ancient Dragonhawk's power. They have thus formed a lodging. Ji Xuan has not borrowed the power, so he has not violated the rules," Chief Tian Sheng said and smiled.
The Chiefs of the other three Great Academies were silent. Ji Xuan was not powerful. The Ancient Dragonhawk could defeat Ji Xuan if it had wanted to, given its power. However, Ji Xuan was ruthless and cunning. He must be well prepared, or else he would not have done such a dangerous thing.
Chief Tai Cang remained gloomy and was dumbfounded. Although Ji Xuan had taken a shortcut to gain such a great power, he had bet on it with his life. Chief Tai Cang lifted his head and looked up at the youth in the air. He let out a sigh. Mu Chen had fared well, but no one had expected Ji Xuan to hide such a great power within.
"This fella… has an Ancient Dragonhawk hidden in his body!" Wen Qingxuan gritted her teeth as she looked at the Ancient Dragonhawk. She said with a wry smile, "It seems like we have underestimated Ji Xuan."
Luo Li clenched her fists and looked at Mu Chen. He looked calm and was expressionless. However, he must have been taken aback.
"Later, you back off first," Luo Li said softly.
"What about you?" Wen Qingxuan asked.
"Mu Chen will not give up. I will stay by him to the end," Luo Li said firmly and smiled.
"The power of the Ancient Dragonhawk is comparable to Grade Four Sovereign. Even if you join forces with Mu Chen, it is impossible for you to defeat it." Wen Qingxuan said anxiously, "Just forget it. This is just a competition. Everyone knows that Ji Xuan is trying to cheat. This power is not cultivated by him.
"He would have been defeated by Mu Chen if they fought based only on their abilities!"
Luo Li shook her head and said with a smile, "Do you think Mu Chen will back out?"
Wen Qingxuan was at a loss for words. She knew about the feud between Mu Chen and Ji Xuan. Although Mu Chen looked mild, he was extremely stubborn. Even if he knew that he would lose to Ji Xuan, he would not admit defeat.
"Silly guy." Wen Qingxuan sighed. However, she must admit that Mu Chen had character when he was stubborn.
Wen Qingxuan gritted her teeth and said, "Let's do it together then!" She had recuperated and regained much of her strength.
Luo Li was shocked and looked at Wen Qingxuan. She had not expected Wen Qingxuan to join them in this fight, in which they did not have much confidence in winning.
Wen Qingxuan blushed when Luo Li looked at her. She quickly said, "Mu Chen has helped me earlier. I am not an ungrateful person."
Luo Li smiled and looked thoughtfully at her. However, she did not say another word and just nodded.
There was not much uproar. The disciples were shocked by the Ancient Dragonhawk and their mouths hung wide open. The degree of oppression had surpassed their limits. They knew that this level was something beyond their ability, at least for the moment.
The people from the Northern Heaven Spiritual Academy were silent as well. Many of them looked pale and lost the joy they had earlier.
As the people looked at the sky in shock, Ji Xuan turned his neck lazily. Crackling sounds were heard. He lifted up his face and stared at Mu Chen, and said with a smile, "Are you disappointed?"
Mu Chen was expressionless. He slowly clenched his fists.
The Ancient Dragonhawk that was behind Ji Xuan looked at Mu Chen with hostility. It was not bothered by Mu Chen's strength. It shifted its gaze to Ji Xuan and said coldly, "Is it because of this fella that you have summoned me? Ji Xuan, do you know that the more you use me, the more I can eat you up?"
Upon hearing this, Ji Xuan smiled and said, "I hope that you can take over my physique before I surpass you.
"But, before that, we are bound together for good or ill. So, please help me finish off this guy."
"I will grant you your wish." The Ancient Dragonhawk looked ferocious. Its eyes were glittering and it laughed creepily. As it flapped its wings, it turned into a streamer and dashed into Ji Xuan's body.
The wings behind Ji Xuan instantly expanded to about 100 feet. His hands became sharp and the purple nails were like daggers. A horrifying spiritual energy windstorm whizzed in the surroundings, and tore the heavens and earth apart. The degree of the spiritual energy fluctuation had reached the Sovereign-level.
Ji Xuan could feel the power in his body and he enjoyed it. His eyes turned sharp like an eagle. He lifted up his head and smiled at Mu Chen. As he flapped the wings, a dark purple spiritual energy windstorm swept out and a peerless force shot toward Mu Chen.
Mu Chen looked grave. He clenched his fists and the Great Meru Demonic Pillar shot up and smashed down hard.
The spiritual energy windstorm hit the Great Meru Demonic Pillar. It shook and was thrown back. Mu Chen threw out a blow, but the power shot back at him and caused severe pain in his arms. The web between his thumbs and forefingers tore apart and blood flowed out. He would have been killed if not for his tough physique.
"You are just like an ant to me now." Ji Xuan sneered at Mu Chen. Upon saying this, the wind shrieked behind him, but Ji Xuan did not bother to look. With a backhand, he threw out a blow and a space warp formed. Purple spiritual energy swirled out like a serpent.
There was a hollow sound and two ladies were thrown back. They were Luo Li and Wen Qingxuan, who were trying to help Mu Chen. However, judging from the situation, they were no match for Ji Xuan.
Ji Xuan flapped the wings and multiple afterimages appeared. Before Mu Chen could react, a sharp formidable blow landed on his shoulder.
His body was thrown backward and blood was spewing out from his mouth.
"You are so slow."
Mu Chen had just managed to find his balance when a gloomy voice sounded from behind him. Following that, another blow landed on his body.
Mu Chen landed heavily on the ground. He wiped off the blood from the corner of his mouth and looked pathetic. However, even if he was on the losing end, he did not show any sign of fear or have any intention of retreating.
"Brother Mu, forget it…" As the people of the Northern Heaven Spiritual Academy watched Mu Chen, some of the girls started to weep. Mu Chen had always been full of confidence and warmth at the Northern Heaven Spiritual Academy. They had never seen him in such a sorry state.
The disciples of the other Academies did not say a word. However, they were filled with admiration for Mu Chen. Regardless of the outcome, Mu Chen had gained their respect with his determination and perseverance.
Mu Chen stood among the rubble and looked extremely pathetic. He wiped the blood from his mouth with his shivering hand. He looked savage. Even if he were to fall, he would pull Ji Xuan along with him!
"Let's see who is more ruthless…"
Mu Chen laughed bitterly. He struggled from among the rubble and stood up. As he was about to strike, his body suddenly froze. A familiar sleepy voice sounded from his heart.
"Tsk tsk, little Mu Chen, you are useless. How can you be bashed up by the shaggy bird?"
Mu Chen was stunned upon hearing the familiar voice. He could not believe his ears and started to rub them.
The voice belonged to Nine Nether, who had been evolving!