From his first glance to now, Bai Yunfei remained alert in his vigilance against the black-robed person in front of him, just in case he attacked.
In all honesty, Bai Yunfei was slightly afraid of this person, and for two good reasons.
The first was the black needle, which Bai Yunfei was almost sure was a high-heaven tier soul armament. It was a terrifyingly powerful weapon that would've killed the ordinary Late-stage Soul Exalt without a problem.
The second was because of this person's Soul King like soulsense. He had noticed Bai Yunfei before Bai Yunfei noticed him and hid accordingly.
Had it been an ordinary Late-stage Soul Exalt, the black needle would've pierced them through before they'd even be able to notice its presence!
Bai Yunfei couldn't even figure out just when this person had appeared, let alone how he managed to do it. But there wasn't time to think about that. He had to fully concentrate on his defenses against this person.
The man didn't move though. For ten full seconds, Bai Yunfei and the man stared at one another as if sizing each other up. The other person had a calculative glance that Bai Yunfei didn't feel comfortable under at all.
It wasn't for another few seconds while Bai Yunfei was debating his options when the black-robed man took action. Smiling as if taking part in some kind of 'entertainment', the man flicked the black needle in his hand to send it flying at Bai Yunfei!
There had been no physical strength put into the flick and yet the black needle was already flying at breakneck speeds. That meant the velocity of the needle wasn't dependent on physical strength, but soulforce and will! In other words, this was a soul armament that was near the same level as Bai Yunfei's Fire-tipped Spear and Cataclysmic Seal…
They were soulbound armaments! And the soul compatibility of the black needle and man was very high!
Eyes staring down the needle, Bai Yunfei stepped not backward, but towards the needle!
The Cataclysmic Seal unleashed a wave of orange light as a barrier formed again. Protected now, the Cataclysmic Seal flew forward ahead of Bai Yunfei!
Again, the black needle made contact with the barrier before piercing through a second later!
But it was that one second Bai Yunfei was looking for! As the black needle came to a stop for just a second, Bai Yunfei's right arm was already swinging the Fire-tipped Spear against the needle!
The spear slammed into the side of the needle, causing it to deviate from its direct path towards Bai Yunfei to a meter to his right instead!
But even though the needle had missed, the black-robed figure didn't look sad. Instead, he had a mocking expression on his face!
The needle, having not yet flown past Bai Yunfei's face, froze in mid air before turning direction and pelting towards Bai Yunfei's temple from the side! It had managed to change trajectory mid-flight!
This time, the expression on the black-robed person froze on his face. His black needle had been blocked again by a red light!
When it came to controllable soul armaments, who else but Bai Yunfei could be said to be an expert on them? He had long since been prepared for the enemy to do something like that and wasn't surprised to see the needle actually change directions. Without skipping a beat, he had the barrier-protected Cataclysmic Seal slam itself into the black needle this time to stop it!
Because of the loss of kinetic force due to its forced redirection, the black needle wasn't as strong as before. This by extension meant the Cataclysmic Seal could slam into it without being dented like before and force the black needle away again!
The second redirection of the black needle was the impetus for Bai Yunfei to suddenly take action. Disappearing into a crimson blur, he rushed for the black-robed figure at once!
As astonished as the man was to see Bai Yunfei stop his black needle twice, he wasn't all too surprised to see Bai Yunfei rush at him. With a wave of his hand, he summoned a golden hexagonal shield in front of him to protect himself.
And just as the shield dropped down, Bai Yunfei's Fire-tipped Spear came thrusting forward!
Though a soul armament had appeared in front of his weapon, Bai Yunfei didn't change his attack pattern. Instead, he put even more strength behind his spear to strike at the heart of the shield!
A metallic gong resonated through the air as the spear clashed against the shield. As the sounds echoed in the pocket, sparks of gold and red light flashed in the air!
At Bai Yunfei's current strength, he was capable of not only the Eighty-one Fold Fist Force, but the Eighty-one Fold Stab, if not with a bit of difficulty.
This one spear thrust was only the Ninefold Stab, since Bai Yunfei was only looking to activate the Fire-tipped Spear's +10 additional effect:
The area between the shield and spear exploded violently amidst a flurry of sparks and fire to engulf both the shield and the person behind it!
The black-robed man immediately realized something was wrong the moment when the Fire-tipped Spear struck his shield. Even as the explosion was taking place, the man was already trying to retreat as far as he could.
Retreating several dozen meters back, the man stared down at his shield, a low-heaven tier metal-type soul armament. In the center was a ragged hole with cracks running towards the edge of the shield from it!
"A mid-heaven tier soul armament!" The man's eyes grew wide as he looked back to the Fire-tipped Spear in Bai Yunfei's hand.
There was another flicker of light as Bai Yunfei used the Flash Step to chase after his opponent. His arm was slightly numb due to the attack just now, but he couldn't afford to give his enemy any time to rest. Clenching his left hand to activate the Critical Glove, Bai Yunfei slammed his fist down onto the man's shield again!
The Eighty-one Fold Fist Force combined with the +12 additional effect '4x critical strike', and the +10 additional effect '3x critical strike'!!
The three of those combined to make for a very powerful strike that not only broke the shield but had enough power to go after the man's chest!
Shocked, the man made a second retreat backward while also crossing his arms in front of his chest for a last-ditch defense.
There was a muffled thud as Bai Yunfei's fist slammed against the person's arm. There was a flash of gold light from the man's arm—he clearly had a defensive-type soul armament on his arm like a bracer—but it wasn't strong enough to prevent the man from being blown away.
Like a bullet, the man flew dozens of meters away before slamming into another hill behind him. He sunk deep into the hill, causing stones and dust to fly everywhere…