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Chapter 12: Old Man Dong

So many top martial exponent fighters here, although all had walked from the North to the South and were rich in experience but they had never saw a fighting that was conducted in such a manner. Therefore…Everyone was like speculators that were looking at a show and actually forgot that it was a life and death duel.

Sima Jing who was watching at the side, although he felt insulted by Zhan Bai and wanted to fight with him but to fight Zhan Bai together with [One leg Flying Heretic] Li Ju, was a greater embarrassment.

After watching Li Ju and Zhan Bai exchanging more than thirty strokes, there was still no sign of any victor, so he decided to turn his attention to the [Three Swords and one Mystical Bird] first.

[Three Swords and one Mystical Bird] was staring wide eyes at the duel between Li Ju and Zhan Bai.

Making up his mind, he raised his voice to say. “The four lowly juniors, are you still waiting for me?” And he rung his bell.

The [Three Heroics] raised their swords in fright while Fan Suluan seemed to be enthralled by Zhan Bai. The looks on the [Three Heroics] gave the [Soul Seeker Bell] Sima Jing great pleasure.

And now he started attacking them as he toyed with them. Their swordplay meant nothing to him.

[The Three Swords of the Fan Clan] were very angry and flustered at the way Sima Jing toyed with them considering their status as well as their father in the Martial Fraternity.

Fan Suluan was startled and turned her head around to see her brothers in grave danger.

Her Second Brother [Wind Chaser Sword] Fan Jie had been knocked back five to six steps back. And he had lost his balance, his sword was even sent flying off his hands.

Sima Jing was laughing hilariously.

Once again his soul seeker bell flew as it gave out a tingling sound as it now flew towards back of [Wind Chaser Sword]’s head.

Fan Suluan upon turning her head had witnessed this very scene that would take her brother’s life. With a grasp, without a hesitation on her own safety, she extended her two hands and leapt towards the soul seeker bell.

At the same time, [True Heart Sword] Fan Ju and [Stellar Cloud Sword] Fan Ying upon seeing their brother losing his stance and was now in grave danger, attacked Sima Jing at the same time in a bid to distract him from their brother and sister.

Sima Jing indeed pulled his soul seeker bell away but Fan Jie was still hit, his shoulder was hit by a force that was like a thousand weight and the sensational pain reached even to his heart and he had collapsed onto the ground…

The soul seeker bell had now returned to Sima Jing’s hands and [True Heart Sword] and [Stellar Cloud Sword] because they were very near him, was trembled by its sound and they seemed to have a lack of focus. Therefore they knew that they had to back off.

But at the very instant, Sima Jing sent his soul seeker bell at Fan Suluan.

Fan Suluan martial skills were weaker than her three brothers. Her three brothers combined forces were not even a match for the [Soul Seek Bell] Sima Jing one mighty attack. And now, two of her brothers were forced to retreat after having been trembled badly by his bell, another of her brother was serious injured.

Against Sima Jing’s fierce and extremely powerful bell that was shooting at her now, she had no choice but to use all her might in her hands to block it. But she failed and the bell had struck her on her chest and she had turned ashen immediately after grasping out…

Suddenly there was a deep voice, although the voice was not too loud but it was very crystal clear in Sima Jing’s ears. “Sima Jing you scoundrel! How dare you have the guts to commit murder here? Stop it immediately!”

Sima Jing was startled and he halted his attacks to turn his head…

A big figure was sent knocking against him and Sima Jing had caught him. It was his buddy the [One leg Flying Heretic] Li Ju!

Now even Sima Jing was stunned and he turned to look at Li Ju’s face that had turned very white. He was biting his teeth, from the looks of it, he had been afflicted by internal injuries.

He thought. “Don’t tell me, my buddy is defeated by that green thorn young man?”

Sima Jing was startled in his heart and lifted his head to look. He saw Zhan Bai standing across him looking at him with his bright and big eyes. His eyes caused Sima Jing to receive a very shock for only now did he realized that only a person with pure inner strength would have such a bright eyes and spirit.

But still how could he going to believe that this unremarkable young man was the one that had injured [One leg Flying Heretic] Li Ju?

In actuality, the [One leg Flying Heretic] Li Ju that was rampaging in the Northwest whom no one in the Martial Fraternity would dare to agonize was indeed wounded by Zhan Bai with a blow.

It was because after fighting for a long while, Li Ju was after all an old and experienced pugilist. How could he not sense that Zhan Bai was secretly stealing his skills? Because Zhan Bai was only interested in how and when he maneuvered his attacks.

So he thought. “Rascal! You have actually run to my house to pick some bargains! Heng! Heng! I going to teach you a terrible lesson now so that you will not think that I am such a fool!”

Therefore he used a feint and Zhan Bai had actually fallen for it as he dodged it and now he changed his stances so fast that Zhan Bai now had no chance to dodge it as he landed a blow on Zhan Bai’s chest.

Even all the top martial exponents had thought the same as well.

Because Zhan Bai was startled and he immediately tried to block with his hands, in a panicky, he used a stance of ‘The Buddha Mediation’ and there was a clanking sound as he sent the [One leg Flying Heretic] Li Ju flying backward six to seven big steps to the back. Zhan Bai was real lucky to have used correctly.

That was why Li Ju had suddenly knocked into Sima Jing as he had only one leg and could not control himself.

In front of so many martial exponents, especially in front of Master Murong, how could Li Ju faced anyone? With a shout, he insisted on fighting with his life with Zhan Bai but he was gripped on his shoulder by Sima Jing.

Li Ju began to follow the glance of Sima Jing who was looking at the dark recess of the woods for he suddenly noticed that Sima Jing had turned very white and frightful. And he saw a thin old man with a long white beard, very old, eighty years or more riding a donkey. He had many wrinkles on his face but his eyes were very shining and mesmerizing.

The old man looked very harmless and innocent as he tried to control his donkey. “Beast! You are frightened because you have saw so many people issn’t?” He paused for awhile before shouting. “But I have important matters to attend, if you do not hurry, I be late.” And he started to whip the donkey with a small leather whip.

When this old man appeared, the [Cripples from Beyond the Pass] Sima Jing and Li Ju had turned ashen and they were looking very frightful…

Sima Jing had already broke out in cold sweat as he thought. “No wonder the voice is so familiar. It is because he has come! Alas! Today, I, Sima Jing is really so down on my luck to meet him…”

Li Ju was even more scared than him as he thought. “It over now! Today I have disgraced myself utterly…”

Not only the [Cripples from Beyond the Pass] was feeling scared and startled but all the top ten martial exponents of the Baotu Manor, including Master Murong was feeling the same too.

[Meteor Hand] Murong Han expressions had changed. Not only he had thousands of top fighters under him and his martial skills were at the epitome too. His status and his air, had long been considered to be a Grandmaster.

But now when he had saw this thin old man, he had actually grown frightful. It was really hard and weird thing to explain.

Zhan Bai thought. “This old man that is selling rolls of clothing ever since I am a escort guard, I have met him a few times already. Why did he always appear in the areas where pugilists have often gathered? I don’t think he is there to do business?…”

The old man was shouting. “Folks! Help me! Aiya! No good! My donkey has been startled! Help me to stop it! Ah! Ah! No good, no good! I old man, is finished…” He looked like he would almost fall from the donkey.

And the donkey began to run and it was really very fast but not even a single pugilist stepped forward to help him even though there were so many top exponent fighters here. In fact, they even moved aside…

“Alas!” The old man grasped in startle. “Why don’t anyone of you help me ah? Do you want to watch me die? Ah! Ah! People of this era are really very bad! The hearts of people are very bad…” There was another “Argh” and he looked like he was about to fall.

[Meteor Hand] Murong Han suddenly stepped forward and bowed with both his hands together. He was filled with great respect and apologetic as he said. “Is respected old senior surname Dong, of the [Divine Donkey with the Iron Gut] fame? Junior, I am Murong Han, paying my respect to you!”

It was really strange for the donkey had now throttled in front of Murong Han now and not moving, stopped five feet away from him. It was as though nothing had happened earlier.

But when Murong Han had finished spoken, everyone presented had their expressions changed.

It was because when this old man had first appeared, only the older pugilists were startled but not the younger pugilists.

But when Murong Han had mentioned his name, everyone instantly recalled that he was the earth shaking [Divine Donkey with the Iron Gut] Dong Qianli, that was so renowned forty to fifty years ago. Therefore everyone expressions had now changed.

It was because this old man was a legend himself and his martial skills were so unfathomable that not even heaven knew his limits. As for his many strange tales, it became myths and legends in the Martial Fraternity. It was also because forty to fifty years ago, he had already vanished from the Martial Fraternity and very few people had seen him.

[Cripples from Beyond the Pass] Sima Jing and Li Ju had became a cripple because of him.

At that time, Sima Jing and Li Ju had rushed back to their Mentor Teacher crying out that they had been crippled by the [Divine Donkey with the Iron Gut].

Of course at that time, they would never reveal how they had been bullying the people in the Northwest and of the many atrocious things that they had done. They only told their Mentor Teacher how they were attacked by the [Divine Donkey with the Iron Gut] and how he had insulted their Benefactor Teacher.

And they added a lot of fuel to fan the flames of anguish causing their Mentor Teacher to flew into a rage and he immediately went into the Central Plains to avenge for his disciples.

So it seemed that at that time, their Mentor Teacher was already one of those few prominent figures in the Martial Fraternity. But he also knew that if he wanted to win the [Divine Donkey], he stood no chance. Therefore he invited all the very top martial fighters of the unorthodox clans and there were tens of them. They were numerous and challenged the [Divine Donkey] on the summit of Mt. Taixing.

This fight would take place on the peak of Ji Gao, on Mt. Taixing, attracted the attention of almost all the top martial fighters in the Central Plains. Even the top recluse fighters from all the four corners of the earth and ocean were there too.

But their Mentor Teacher and tens of the very top unorthodox fighters at that time, everyone was fell by Sixty-four stances of his ‘Wondrous Hand’. Many were killed or seriously injured and no one ever managed to walk out beyond his ten attack strokes!

So this fight tremendous increased the fame of the [Divine Donkey] but after this, he had disappeared from the Pugilist Fraternity.

And now, this legendary fighter, Dong Qianli had appeared here. Would not everyone be startled?

“Hahaha!…” The old man laughed and said to [Meteor Hand]. “You must have misunderstood me for some other person! Just because I am riding a donkey, does not mean I am the [Divine Donkey]! And I am not [Iron Gut] too! Haha! I am a [Tofu Gut] in fact and I am most afraid of seeing fights…”

As the old man laughed and said, he and his donkey was now besides the [Three Swords and one Mystical Bird]. They were now urgently trying to save the life of their Second Brother, [Wind Chaser Sword] Fan Jie!

Fan Ying was holding Fan Jie while Eldest Brother Fan Ju was trying to make sure that Fan Jie’s life channels could flow. Fan Suluan was trying to mouth a secret pill of the Fan Family for her brother to swallow.

The old man said. “Look at this, do you think it is not scary? People are wounded because of fighting!” He looked at Fan Jie and then looked at Sima Jing and Li Ju before asking. “Who is the one that started this fight?”

The haughty [Cripples from Beyond the Pass] were instantly so frightened that they had turned white with fright but did not dare to admit or deny. They had become mutes all of a sudden…

At this time the old man was looking at Zhan Bai and he was laughed and laughed.

Zhan Bai did not know why the cloth seller old man would want to laugh at him but every time he had saw him, he would smile and laugh at him so he smiled as well.

“Little brother!” The old man said to Zhan Bai. “We seem to share some destiny, we have met again!”

“What a coincidence!” Zhan Bai replied. “Wherever I go, old mister you will be there!”

The old man laughed again and suddenly he got off from the donkey and walked to the [Three Swords and one Mystical Bird] and pointed at Fan Jie’s right shoulder. “His right shoulder is wounded through the Bingfeng accupoint. Unless you treat him in time, he would be a vegetation in no time!”

[True Heart Sword] Fan Ju was now perspiring. No matter how much he had tried to clear his brother’s channels, he did not seem to be able to clear his brother’s injured accupoint. Because he was the nearest to the old man, he instantly felt a slight wind fluttering from the old man’s fingers. Fan Ju was very startled and he did not know it was a legendary skill that was displayed in the Pugilist but was never seen, ‘Aerial Accupoint Technique’!

Fan Ju did not know the old man’s intention and was afraid that his brother would come to harm so he was very startled…

Suddenly [Wind Chaser Sword] Fan Jie shivered several times before he woke up from his unconsciousness and opened his eyes…

Only then did he realized that the old man was helping them and helped his brother cleared his accupoint channels. He had spent a great deal of his time and energy yet still could not save his brother and now this old man had simply lifted his finger and he had saved his brother. To think that he had almost wanted to stop this old man when he had pointed his finger so he said secretly to himself. “It is so embarrassing!”

But when this old man had got off from his donkey, Zhan Bai had suddenly noticed that on the back of the donkey was a sword. Instantly, Zhan Bai head and heart began to tremble hilariously…

It was because the sword was his family heirloom the ‘Heartless Precious Sword’! The sword that his father had left behind for him to avenge him.

So he shouted. “Issn’t this my precious sword? Old Mister…”

Just when he was about to grab the sword, the old man was even faster and had got on the donkey and had throttled a few paces away. “Ah! This little brother, what happens to you? Why did you want to steal a old man’s precious sword?”

“Heng!” Zhan Bai was very angry now as he coldly hummed. “I don’t know who steal from who precious sword? I don’t have sand in my eyes! You have been following me all the way and even steal my precious sword! And you even dare to flash it in front of me?…”

Zhan Bai was angry and he began to spring to the old man but the old man and his donkey throttled even faster away.

Zhan Bai was afraid that he would run away so he began to use his ‘Eight Diagram Movement Swiftness Skill’ to give chase.

“Aiya!” The old man sounded panicky. “Little brother, your greediness arouse when you see something precious and even think of robbing me! So many of you here, who can help me stop him ah!”

“Old man! Don’t pretend to be silly!” Zhan Bai scolded after him. “If you don’t return my precious sword, even if you were to run to the ends of the heaven, I will still chase you till you have returned my precious sword!”

“Aiya!…Aiyo!…” The old man exclaimed several times as he sped away in his donkey with Zhan Bai chasing him in a frenzy as they disappeared into the dark woods.

When the top exponent fighters of Baotu Manor had saw that Zhan Bai had run away while chasing the old man, many of them wanted to go after him but was stopped by Master Murong…

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She bats an eye to Zhan Bai and grasped. “If it not for you last night…”

Although Zhan Bai did not understand but he had some linking. He felt sweet but it was without guilty conscious as he asked. “Are you alright then?…”

That beautiful young maiden was melancholic as she replied. “Although it not a big deal but my entire training is ruined! I can no longer attain the impervious body from now on…”

Then she suddenly asked. “Do you know who I am?”

Chapter 11: Fan Suluan

When the [Three Heroics] had heard the cries of their sister, their swords hesitated for a while.

Zhan Bai took the opportunity to unleash ‘The Battling Wind’ and ‘Hidden Leopard in the Southern Mountains’ in three continuous waves.

At this moment of time, Zhan Bai internal power was already stronger that what he had in the past, especially when he had used it in a bid to save his own life, these three blows were really too mighty to be blocked directly.

So these blows that were seemingly enough to move mountains and overturned the ocean created such powerful windforce across the air that the [Three Heroics] would never dream of and grasped how impossible for such a unremarkable young man like Zhan Bai to have such powerful inner martial palm technique, that they withdrawn their attack stances and swung their swords around to be on the defensive.

The [Three Heroics] moved swiftly five feet away from Zhan Bai and their swords were right in front of them to protect against a direct attack as they quickly surrounded Zhan Bai from all sides.

“Rascal! You do have some ability.” Eldest Brother [True Heart Sword] Fan Jun shouted to Zhan Bai as he furrowed deeply. “But don’t you think you are too arrogant abit?”

Third Brother [Stellar Cloud Sword] Jun Ying coldly said as he pointed his sword at Zhan Bai. “Hehe. But if you want to escape from the three swords of the Fan lineage, it will be a wistful thought!”

Fan Su, whose real name was Fan Suluan had by now hurried to her brothers, brushing her long flowing hair back as she came, said. “My three brothers, he…young hero Zhan has saved him in the dungeon and moreover, he…just now help me to treat my injuries…” (How could she tell her brothers that Zhan Bai had touched her? That was the reason why she was upset with him earlier).

Although Fan Suluan was a woman but she had the frankness of speech of a man but now, she was feeling terribly embarrassed and she was stammering now.

When Jun Ying saw the look on his sister face, he did not know whether to believe his sister or not.

But [True Heart Sword] Fan Jun asked. “Is it true?”

[True Heart Sword] was famous of his nonchalance. Therefore no one really knows if he was asking his sister or Zhan Bai.

Zhan Bai who had tried his best to save a person but in the end, what he got, was anger. He had really met with too many unreasonable things lately. So he refused to say anything because he was feeling anger now.

“Dage!” Fan Suluan was filled with melancholy as she said. “Do you think your sister will lie to you?”

Although Fan Ying was staring at Zhan Bai and did not turn his head to look at his sister but he could hear his sister melancholy voice, so he knew that it would not be faked.

As for [True Heart Sword], he was beginning to feel that he had unwittingly hurt his sister’s pride by doubting her. Although he was a lonely and cold person but to his only sister, he loved her dearly and would do anything to protect her.

So when he had heard her melancholy voice, he immediately withdrawn his stance and turned around. “Since it is true, then, we just have to let him go.”

Fan Jie too had withdrew his stance after listening to his brother.

Fan Ju shouted. “Let us go!”

So the [Three swords and one Mystical Bird] began to walk towards the slope of a small hill…

When Zhan Bai had saw such a scene, his heart underwent a million heart breaks. His life was really so ill-fated. Everyone that he had met or known, were all so unreasonable. He had saved a life out of good intention but in exchange, what he got was a stomach of resentments.

But when he had saw Fan Suluan walked away with her long flowing hair that was flying in the wind, he could not help but felt a sense of emptiness and longing for her. But he did not know the reason that had caused it. He just felt that Fan Suluan and him were like a bosom friends that could talk about everything.

But now, when she had just left like this, he found himself musing and missing for her. Therefore for a time after she had left, his thoughts were in a faraway place and he was startled on the same spot…

As a matter of fact, he had even forgotten about the rudeness of the [Three Heroics]. But before the [Three Swords and one Mystical Bird] had gone far, he could hear a ruffle of voices in the forest in front of him and a few series of hum. And then an eerie voice could be heard.

“Fleeing? Do you think it is so easy? Do you think that Baotu Manor is a place where you can come and go as you pleased?”

Zhan Bai could also see tens of shadows moving in the distant woods! And they had cut off the retreat route of the [Three Swords and one Mystical Bird].

[Three Swords and one Mystical Bird] immediately halt their steps and they had turned ashen with frightened looks on their faces but they immediately formed a circle around their sister and from the looks of it, they were preparing to fight to the death!

When Zhan Bai witnessed it and saw a man clothed in beautiful clothing among them, he unconsciously became angry…

It was because it was Master Murong of the Baotu Manor, whom everyone had known in the Martial Fraternity as [Zhaxing Shou] Murong Han.

Actually Zhan Bai did not know that he was [Zhaxing Shou] Murong Han but the clothing he was wearing now was identical to the piece of silk clothing that his father had left behind. This was the main reason why he was incited.

Zhan Bai did not know yet that this [Zhaxing Shou] Murong Han was his father’s killer but in this world, not many people would afford or like to wear this type of elegant robe. It was the only lead he had in pursuing his father’s killer.

[Zhaxing Shou] Murong Han was shouting at the [Three Swords and one Mystical Bird]. “Outrageous juniors! You dare to make a night attack upon Baotu Manor. Drop your weapons and surrender now. Do you want to wait for me to handle you personally?”

“You despicable man!” [True Heart Sword] Fan Jun angrily bramble out. “You don’t have to show off your power and influence! It is only because you have many people with you but do you think we be afraid of you? Since we dare to come, why should we fear you in the first place, what you have, showcase to us!”

[Zhaxing Shou] Murong Han smiled and said. “Junior! You are hovering on death’s door and yet you dare to mutter so much rubbish. If you were to throw away your sword, then I will on account of your father, will still give you an option to live. If not, heng!” He coldly hummed and then stared at him with blighting eyes that were filled with a malevolent air. “If not, this hill will be your burial ground!”

[Three Swords and one Mystical Bird] knew that [Zhaxing Shou] Murong Han would surely do what he had threatened. Moreover he was staring at them with such malevolent air. And the ten top exponent fighters of Baotu Manor were also at the back, staring at them in the same manner too, not to mention the tens of followers at the back too.

But, this concerned their family reputation in the Martial Fraternity and their deceased mother…she had suffered a great humiliation in the hands of Master Murong therefore she had committed suicide. Therefore they were filled with anger instead and everyone of them had decided to put their life and death aside and said at almost the same time. “Rubbish aside! Show us what capabilities you have to bring us down!”

[Zhaxing Shou] Murong Han was solemn and then he waved with his hand. Immediately five to six of his ten most powerful exponent fighters sprang in front!

Every single one of the top ten exponent fighters of the Baotu Manor, was the epitome exponent fighter that could dominate the Martial Fraternity in an area of expertise. Just any of them was the most resounding person in the Pugilist.

Therefore everyone of them thought that with just their lone presence, no one would dare to intrude upon Baotu Manor. But now, in just a single night, numerous people would dare to intrude into the manor, even set fire upon the manor.

Without a doubt, all the top ten exponent fighters regarded it as an insult. So when Master Murong had signaled for them to bring them down, everyone had sprung in front at almost the same instant.

But because of their status in the Martial Fraternity, naturally they could not fight the Fan Clan with wolf pack tactics.

[The Soul Snatching Silver Flute] Zhang Shipeng bowed with his hands together to the rest of the top martial exponents. “My dear brothers! As I am the oldest here, allow me to fight with them!” And he took out his silver flute.

Since, he had said he was the oldest here, surely he must be the oldest although it was very hard to tell from his age.

Suddenly the blind priest laughed. “Brother Zhang, your ‘Enchanting Lyric Flute Display’ is so renowned throughout the Pugilistic Martial Fraternity. To deal with a few lowly juniors, is there a need for Brother Zhang to fight personally? In my opinion, allow me, a blind priest to fight instead!”

A one arm bald old man who was really the [Soul Seeker Bell] Sima Jing shouted. “Please forgive me, my brothers. Let me fight instead!” And he sprang ahead of them to engage the [Three Swords and one Mystical Bird].

When the [Three Swords and one Mystical Bird] attacked at the same time, their co-operation were perfect, their timing and placement wondrous. It was because these three swords and pair of hand, formed the famous Fan Clan Sword and Fist formation known as the ‘Mystical Energy Triple Slash Formation’. The four of them were well versed in this formation and now forced to fight together, their display were indeed formidable!

But [Soul Seeker Bell] Sima Jing as the top martial exponent fighter in the Northwest, his martial abilities were naturally unfathomable. Moreover his temper was extremely violent. Together with [One leg Flying Heretic] Li Ju, they were known as the [Cripples from Beyond the Pass].

And now, he wanted to be the first of the ten top martial exponents to attack because he wanted to show off his skills. However in momentum carelessness, he had gonna the lower hand because he had never expected these four juniors when they were fighting together, would be this formidable and their stances and strokes would be this marvelous.

[Soul Seeker Bell] Sima Jing when he attacked with his hand, his attacking force was like a huge boulder that was thrown into the ocean. At the same time, two teething sword energies flashed in his left and right. He instantly knew that he was in trouble. But lucky he was rich in fighting experience and knew that his present pose was disadvantaged, therefore he scuffled his legs backward and just managed to avoid the killer sword strokes coming in from his left and right side!

Now [Soul Seeker Bell] Sima Jing was terrible angry and he took out a bronze bell. This bell was just an ordinary bell in the eyes of others but when he started to ring it, everyone’s ears were shrieked by it as it went. ‘Dingdang’ ‘Dingdang’.

Immediately several top martial fighters began to move backward. It was obvious that this small bell was not simply a bell. Moreover Sima Jing nickname was [Soul Seeker Bell]. Surely there must be a reason why he was nicked this way.

When the [Three Swords and one Mystical Bird] saw Sima Jing took out this bell, they seemed to remember suddenly who this man might be and all their expressions changed!

Fan Suluan mind and spirit had been trembled by the ‘Soul Seeker’ effect of the bell and now when she had attacked, her sense of direction seemed to have been confused! And she even felt dizzy now and knew that something was not right as she leapt backward as she grasped. “Aiya!”

Sima Jing’s soul seeker bell was indeed very powerful. Just one stance alone, was enough to break the ‘Mystical Energy Triple Slash Formation’ And moreover as he sensed the weakness in the formation, he began to attack Fan Suluan. But before he could do so, a thunderous shout was heard, halting his attack.

“Hold your hand!” As a powerful windforce streaked out.

Sima Jing moved back two yards and saw that it was a young man that had just appeared. “Huh! Is him?”

This young man was indeed Zhan Bai.

So it seemed that the shrieking sound of Sima Jing’s bell woke Zhan Bai up from his thoughts. When he had lifted his head, he had saw that Fan Suluan was in grave danger.

As Zhan Bai had always been filled with a sense of heroism, so how could he not step forth? Moreover Fan Suluan was the bosom friend in his heart.

Therefore in this crisis, he had actually forgotten about the sleazy angry that were caused by her three brothers. His only thought was on saving a life and he did not even considered if he could even win Sima Jing! It was right to say that he had lent a righteous hand and disregard life and death. Moreover he was trying to save his bosom friend, so it was purely without hesitation.

So when Zhan Bai had shouted. “Hold your hand!” He had used ten folds of his strength and generated a powerful windforce.

Sima Jing was startled therefore he had leapt two yards backward.

He had expected to see a top martial exponent fighter. When he had calmed down to take look, it was actually the same young man that caused him to fight with that Crazy Lei. Therefore he was startled and angry at the same time.

Angry because, when he was fighting with others, someone would actually dare to interrupt. Startled because, this unremarkable young man actually had such powerful palm technique. It was so unbelievable.

“Young rascal!” He shouted angrily at Zhan Bai. “I have heard that you are a junior of Lei Zhenyuan, why do you keep opposing me time and again?”

Zhan Bai looked into the crowd but there was no sight of Lei Dashu. Although he was a honest young man but he could tell that Sima Jing was trying to shift all the blame upon Lei Dashu. Zhan Bai really did not know how to lie but if he say he did not know Lei Dashu, it would weight heavily in his heart for he had accorded him with great kindness, saved him two times from dangers and even passed onto him the ‘Sacred Manual’. If he admit he was the junior of Lei Dashu, would it not give him a great deal of tricky troubles? How could Lei Dashu alone fight the entire Baotu Manor? Therefore he opened his eyes widely to look around but still he could not find any words to reply.

When the [Three Heroics] saw that it was the same young man that had saved their sister once more, they were instantly filled with guilt towards him.

Fan Suluan recomposing from her startled looks, was now looking intently at Zhan Bai with her curvy watery eyes. What was she thinking now…

[Zhaxing Shou] furrowed deeply with his eyebrows…

“Young friend, you are indeed extraordinary!” [The Soul Snatching Silver Flute] Zhang Shipeng smiled as he stepped from the crowd. “I wonder who protégé are you? What is your name, can you tell me?”

Even before he could reply, a voice thundered. “Brother Zhang, why waste your breath! Let us bring this junior down first and coerced him to speak after we had him in our hands. Then all the truths will be out!”

The speaker moved very fast, even though he had just one leg. He was indeed the [One leg Flying Heretic] Li Ju. When Zhan Bai had startled and caused his old buddy Sima Jing to move back two yards, he was startled as well.

But he was not like the others. He was very sharp and observant and although he could not guess Zhan Bai’s background but he could tell that he had only internal force and did not have any extraordinary stances. Therefore he stepped forward, intending to use his unique martial skill ‘Lightning chasing the Wind Hands’ to overcome this young man.

This old freak was ruthless and attacked without hesitation. So just when [The Soul Snatching Silver Flute] Zhang Shipeng was questioning Zhan Bai, he had shouted and attacked Zhan Bai as he leapt forward in mid air with a stance of ‘Golden Leopard Flashing its Claw’.

Zhan Bai dodged with his legs and extended his hands with lightning speed with a stance, the ‘Implosion Divider’.

[One leg Flying Heretic] Li Ju as he displayed his stances two times in continuous was very sure that Zhan Bai could not evade it that was why at the same instant, he shouted. “Now you will fall!”

But who would expect Zhan Bai who looked stiff and slow, would suddenly become so fast and swift and that he had actually dodged his stances. This, enraged the [One leg Flying Heretic] as he displayed three of his killer stances now, ‘Hungry Ghost seeking Souls’, ‘Severance of the Nerves and Pulses’, ‘Hitting the Vitals’  in continuous attack strokes.

Although the old freak had one leg but he was unbelievable fast or else he would be called the [One leg Flying Heretic]! But no matter how he looked at it, Zhan Bai did not seem to be using any extraordinary swiftness movement skill to dodge his attacks and he always managed to dodge his attacks at the very last minute or after he had attacked.

Especially Zhan Bai’s bright big eyes that were looking at all the changes of his stances and strokes with an intensity. It was like he did not care much very much for dodging and retaliation and more like a Mentor Teacher that was giving pointers to his disciple.

Since everything that the disciple knew, was taught by the Mentor Teacher, no matter how fast he was, he was still unable to hit his Mentor Teacher. And the Mentor Teacher did not need to dodge on purpose, he would dodge his disciple’s attacks therefore he did not even need to guard against his disciple and just observed if his disciple attacks and movements skills were properly used.

From this point of view, then won’t this unremarkable young man martial abilities be much higher than this [One leg Flying Heretic] Li Ju who had been lording over the Martial Fraternity for tens of years? It was really so unbelievable! Therefore, many of the top martial exponent fighters that were watching this scene were stunned and they paid all their attention to this fight…

As for [One leg Flying Heretic] Li Ju, he was more startled than anyone else. Even as he attacked Zhan Bai non stop, he was thinking. “I must have knocked into a ghost! How could it be possible that my specialty hand and claw martial skill could not even touch a young inexperience young man? I am losing all my face!”

Therefore [One leg Flying Heretic] Li Ju stances became even more vicious and all his strokes were a life ender display.

In actuality, Zhan Bai could dodge all his killer stances and strokes were due to his unconscious reflexes and he himself did not know the reason.

Naturally, it must be credited to his gruesome training that he had put his efforts into for quite a number of years. At the same time, because he had practiced with the Sacred Manual and cultivated his internal strength with its intricate formulas, his internal force got a huge boast. And now his ears were even sharper and coupled with the fact he had broken through his eight wondrous meridian channels and pulses, his reflexes were now extraordinary fast. What he thought, he would react, as his mind and thought moved as one.

But Zhan Bai had forgot to attack as he stared wide eyes at the [One leg Flying Heretic] marvelous killer stances.

But who would say he was foolish? He had actually picked up the extraordinary skills of the [One leg Flying Heretic] even as the fight was carried on. Just like that, the stances and strokes of the [One leg Flying Heretic] were slowly being copied and ripped by Zhan Bai. And the old freak did not even notice it as he attacked faster and faster. In a twinkle of an eye, he had displayed twenty to thirty stances and strokes.

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Chapter 223: Floor 90th

When the circles of warping light and faint hexagrams had disappeared, the group found themselves in a great wilderness surrounded by lofty pristine mountains!

Yi Ping was momentarily blinded by the sudden bright light of this place but he quickly recovered his orientation to ask, “Is everyone here? Who is missing? Where are we?”

Everyone was looking at each other and was checking their numbers breathlessly!

After making a quick check, Yi Ping was relieved that everyone that he called out to Lele with a helpless expression. “Lele, why didn’t you warn us…”

Lele wiped the beads of sweat that were on her forehead as she exclaimed rather indignantly, “Aren’t we make it out of there alive? It is all thanks to me…”

She proceeded to tug Xian’Er and Lie Qing, “My sisters, why aren’t you defending me?”

Lie Qing gave a faint smile as she narrowed her enchanting eyes, “I think that you have a lot of explanations to do with the rest. I am not affected by your Celestial Force so I am not bothered. But I can’t say for the rest of the group.”

It was well known that her Invincible Divine Force counteract the Celestial Force!

Xian’Er said gently, “Lele, you shouldn’t have done that without asking.”

Lele was beginning to see that everyone was giving her a hateful look!

Even Yi Ping was annoyed as he looked for Lele for an explanation!

With a twitching expression, Yi Ping stared at Lele to ask. “Did you just steal the martial powers from some of us?”

The Celestial Force was indeed capable of absorbing the martial power from the practitioners, especially now that Lele had attained to an even higher level, the Sovereign Celestial Force!

Against so many highly attained practitioners, it was impossible for her to do so. But she had done so under the guise of activating a transmigrating celestial formation and had caught everyone unaware!

Even the Jade Emperor was muttering, “I can’t believe that she will even steal my martial power…”

The Universal Old Man was muttering, “I don’t believe, I don’t believe…”

Lele protested almost immediately, “There are so many of you. If I don’t borrow some of your martial strength then I don’t have the celestial strength to get all of us out!”

The Western Paradise Heavenly King roared with laughter, “Never mind that! It is not a great loss anyway. It is just a little bit. It is a small price to pay for our escapade.”

Yi Ping quickly bowed his hands respectfully to the Western Paradise Heavenly King to show his appreciation.

The Formosa Heavenly King, the Avant-garde Heavenly King, the Nirvana Heavenly Queen and the Heavenly Pagoda King nodded at the same time.

The Ancient Heavenly Sage King looked at the Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess before he said, “It is quite insignificant actually. I am just surprised that she is able to absorb all the different types of martial powers as her own. The Sovereign Celestial Force is really something.”

Everyone was also saying, “Forget about it. She did get us out of there. It is not a great loss. We will regain our martial power after future cultivation. It doesn’t really affect our attainment.”

Yi Ping heaved a soft sigh. It may be true that their loss was quite insignificant and no more than one tenth. The higher their attainment, it was even less.

But he was unhappy with this dishonorable act. But the group seemed to be willing to let it go so he said sternly to Lele, “Don’t ever do that again!”

Lele clapped her hands jovially as she exclaimed delightfully, “I won’t!”

The Celestial Liege who was her brother was highly displeased, “Lele, we need to have a talk in private…”

But Lele seemed not to pay him any heed as she went on to cuddle Xiao Ping as she sobbed pitifully, “Woah! Xiao Ping, you have grown so big now. All my family is blaming me but I am actually the one that got everyone out of such a precarious situation. How precarious, they should ask their heart. Instead of being grateful to me, they gave me all these unappreciative looks!…”

Yi Si muttered, “Mother, not me…”

Lele appeared to weep pitifully although there were hardly any tears, “Do you know, do you know that I have placed my very own life in mortal danger by trying to amalgamate all the foreign vital energies?”

She continued to sigh softly as she patted the forehead of the Divine Golden Kirin, “Only you are willing to listen to me! I am so pitiful!”

Lie Qing raised her eyebrows as she smiled weakly. She really did not know whether she should laugh or cry. It was obvious to her that Lele was only playacting in front of everyone. She may be able to fool everyone except for her.

It was because in terms of playacting skills, Lele was still a far cry from her!

But ever since Lie Qing had come to know Yi Ping, she had really turned over a new leaf. She used to make sports of everyone but what did she receive in return? Distrusts, betrayals and she had no real friends that she could put her faith in till she had known Yi Ping!

She could be the most mesmerizing enchantress in an instant if she wanted to and sow further discords but…

She looked at the quiet demeanor of her sister, Xian’Er. She was Yi Ping’s unofficial first wife but she was always ever so gracious and did not vie for Yi Ping’s attention. When she married Yi Ping, that was because she was grateful to him but she had almost regret immediately as she thought it was at a spur of a moment. That was why she feigned her own death and decided to betrothed Yu’Er and Mei’Er to Yi Ping.

She wondered what was Xian’Er thinking now?

But Xian’Er had already turned away to watch over the surroundings keenly for everyone.

She sighed in her heart, “That is our Xian’Er, always putting the group interest over her own self. Right now, I am still learning that from her.”

The Martial Sage had also noticed that Xian’Er was not interested in the outcome of this dispute. He wanted to approach her but he really lacked the courage for Xian’Er was being surrounded by so many maidens. It was hard to approach her on his own to even talk to her!

It was not to say that he still have lofty thoughts on her but Xian’Er was his only friend and one that he could never forgot in all these years.

Yi Ping patted Lele on her shoulder, “Lele, you know. I am thinking that Xiao Ping can’t really understand you or even talk back to you.”

Lele flashed Yi Ping a look as she stomped lightly, “Of course he can! He is a divine beast!..”

Yi Ping smiled weakly, “He can’t…”

Lele retorted, “He can!”

Alice said all of a sudden, “Xiao Ping come over here!”

And Xiao Ping was next to Alice in the next instant!

Alice winked at Yi Ping as she gave Xiao Ping a gentle pat, “See! He is able to understand!”

Lele nodded eagerly, “Look! Look!”

Yi Ping smiled weakly as he rubbed his nose, “Alice, why are you on her side?”

The Universal Old Man, the Lord Supreme and the Immortal Saint of Swords were all smiling as they looked at each other with the same thought, “Yi Ping is actually so lucky to have Alice and Lele…”

Alice smiled gently, “Because I like. She is not wrong. So why shouldn’t I be?”

Lele nodded as she clapped her hands delightfully as though she had found a new friend!

Yi Ping took a quick look at the rest of the group. After noting that there seemed to be no resentment against Lele, he said. “Alright then. We shouldn’t dwell on this anymore. Let’s us be on our way. We all know that Lele has indeed helped us out and she is only forced to steal our martial power because she lacks the celestial strength to bring everyone out at the same time.”

He looked at everyone to ask again, “I hope that everyone understands this.”

Everyone was nodded, there was no resentment from anyone!

Lingfeng moved her lips to say something. But only Yi Ping, Lele, Alice, Xian’Er and Nuwa were able to hear her secret whisper, “Good! Let’s us go now. Lele is really so smart. She knows that others may be feeling a little resentful but she has now totally dispersed the doubts that are in their hearts. I think I am the smartest but somehow Lele seems to have already thought out many steps ahead.”

Lele whispered back immediately, “Um no! I didn’t! I am really upset!”

Nuwa whispered back, “Now this is really interesting. So your name is Lele? I keep forgetting your name. But I will surely remember yours. You look like you are an interesting opponent and one that is worthy of my attention.”

Lingfeng remarked sarcastically, “So you mean Alice and I are not worthy to be your opponent?”

Nuwa whispered with a haughty tone, “She is the Alma of the Great God Pangu. And what are you?”

Lingfeng answered her coolly, “I am the Alma of the Great Goddess Fantian and I am also one of Yi Ping’s official wives! That makes me one notch higher than you!”

Alice had also whispered back and her tone was icy, “Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa! I, Celestial Alice of the Goddess Theocracy never forgive a slight. If you still see us as one body then you need to get along with everyone first!”

Xian’Er said quietly, “Lady Nuwa, this isn’t the time for strife. We should all get along well with one another.”

Nuwa hummed coldly but did not say anything more.

Yi Ping was thinking to himself and was not paying attention to them, “Lele has always been wiser than she appears to be. It is good that she is able to protect herself but sometimes I feel that she should loosen up a little and share her fears with me…”

All of a sudden the Western Paradise Heavenly King laughed aloud, “So where should we go now?”

At that everyone seemed to be spirited!

Yi Ping said, “We need a little rest first. Lele, do you know if we are at the Life or Death Gate? Are you able to tell?”

Lele looked at little startled as she narrowed her beautiful eyes to say, “I…don’t know. I just visualize on where the Feather Shard is and focus on bringing us to the 90th floor. Where we are exactly now, I do not know.”

Yi Ping was looking at the serene mountain sides and the lofty passing clouds, “This won’t be easy at all.”

Isa asked him with a smile, “What is wrong? Once we have regained our strength, there is nothing to be feared. After all, most of us here are the best of our generation!”

Xiang gave Yi Ping an enchanting nod, “I have to agree as well.”

Yi Ping said, “The most dangerous thing to do is overtly too competency of ourselves. By now, you have witnessed how unpredictable the trials of the Stellar Sanctuary are. The more numerous we are, the trials will adjust by itself to catch the unaware. Therefore we must always be on our guard.”

Lingfeng said quietly, “Yi Ping is the Great God Pangu incarnate and he must have his insight to be wary…”

She quickly smiled at the rest of the Heavenly Kings, “Oh well, if you believe that of course.”

Youxue interrupted, “Surely Yi Ping isn’t thinking of sending some of us out of the Stellar Sanctuary? I will protest even if I am not the one who is being sent out.”

Han Lin immediately said hurtfully, “ right…”

Aiel was also protesting, “Same…here!”

Han Lin and Aiel knew that they were weaker than the majority here and if anyone were to be sent away then it must be them!

Yi Ping quickly said, “No, we will all remain as a group.”

Immediately, almost everyone began to calm down!

The Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess smiled, “Oh good. I don’t know how to reach the 100th floor if Yi Ping and Lele decide to abandon us on their own.”

The Ancient Heavenly Sage King sighed softly, “You shouldn’t entertain the lofty dreams of getting the Essential Righteous Energy. That right belongs to the Great Goddess Fantian…”

Then he smiled when he looked at Yi Ping as he bowed with his hands, “Or to you. I like to believe that you are the incarnate of the Great God Pangu but I dare not make any hasty judgements now. I hope that you understand.”

The Nirvana Heavenly Queen was blunter, “We are not doubting you but the Great God Pangu was said to have exhausted his last when he completed the creation of the Three Realms, dissipated into the Great Void, along with his soul and spirit.”

She took a look at Xian’Er, “Even if the Great Goddess Fantian says so, we still need some time to accept it. You are strong. Maybe you are the new inheritor of the Great God Pangu. So take us to the last floor and let us witness you taking the mantle of the Great God Pangu. Then we will surely be convinced.”

She had said it in a nice and sweet manner but it was actually a subtle challenge!

But Yi Ping did not seem to mind and he simply smiled.

The Western Paradise Heavenly King said of a sudden, “I think all the Heavenly Kings and the Jade Emperor should have a little talk.”

The Jade Emperor stroked his long white beard, “It is time that we should have a talk.”

The Western Paradise Heavenly King turned to look at Lele, “And that includes you, the Joyful Goddess.”

Lele hummed, “The Great Joyful Goddess!”

She quickly added, “Well, that is my new title!”

The Western Paradise Heavenly King laughed aloud, “My Great Joyful Goddess, I think that the Great Joyful Empress Goddess suits you much better!”

Lele gave him a beaming smile, “You are right. Therefore I proclaim now that my new celestial title will be the Great Joyful Empress Goddess!”

Lie Qing giggled softly as she clapped for her, “Such exalted title, such exalted title. It is so befitting for you!”

She was the only one that actually clapped for Lele while the others looked on, feeling more amused than moved by Lele’s new title.

Lele laughed softly, “Well, if Sister Qing’Er thinks so, then it must be so! I wonder what Sister Xian’Er and Yi Ping think about it?”

Yi Ping muttered softly, “Very good…”

All of a sudden, the Great Khan Heavenly King stirred from his unconsciousness as he coughed out weakly, “Where am I? I am still alive?”

As he opened his eyes and was dazzled by the bright light, he was stunned to see so many eyes looking at him at the same time!

He tried to muster his strength but before he could do so, the Avant-garde Heavenly King and the Formosa Heavenly King had flashed to him to hold him down while the Heavenly Pagoda King was saying to him, “I will advise you to consider your current situation carefully and to join us.”

The Great Khan Heavenly King appeared to be stunned and he was even more baffled when he found out his intricate energies were in disarray!

Lele giggled to herself and it was also evidenced on her countenance, “Because you are unconscious so I have taken more from you. Serves you right!”

There was a limit on how much she could steal and it was no more than thirty percent from even an unconscious person. But for this Great Khan Heavenly King, she pushed herself to the limits to steal a fifth of his martial power.

But then she really had no other choice. Only the Great Khan Heavenly King’s martial power was the easiest to steal as he was knocked out cold. Without the martial powers from everyone, she was surely unable to get everyone out of the Pangu Monument!

Yi Ping extended a hand to the Great Khan Heavenly King, saying gently to him. “The fight is over. You are free to join us or leave on your own. If you want to leave, we won’t stop you at all.”

When the Great Khan Heavenly King saw Yi Ping, he immediately turned ashen!

He immediately stammered out panicky, “I will join, I will join. I dare not leave…”

He had completely misunderstood Yi Ping’s intentions and thought that Yi Ping was subtly giving him a test of his loyalty!

That was because earlier he had been overwhelmed out by Yi Ping’s martial prowess that at the sight of him again, he had completely freaked out!

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