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Before the ghost-masked man, the old man didn’t have any intention of resisting.
As far as the old man was concerned, before the ghost-masked man, any resistance was futile, and kneeling down to plead for mercy might be the only way to obtain a way out…
The ghost-masked man moved. His right hand slowly extended outward, and precisely at this instant, terrifying Origin Energy raged atop his right hand before moving to gather together.
A saber of light condensed from Origin Energy carried a mysterious and terrifying aura as it streaked past the old man’s neck before he could even react to it.
The old man, who was just trembling a moment ago, was instantly separated into two halves. Blood stained the entire ground and transformed into a small stream of blood…
"A Half-step Void Stage powerhouse died just like that?" Duan Ling Tian had an unrealistic feeling arise within his heart. Only after the ghost-masked man’s body jerked and instantly vanished before him did Duan Ling Tian come back to his senses.
If it wasn’t for the old man’s corpse being before his eyes, he would even doubt that the ghost-masked man had actually appeared.
The green-clothed old man was a powerhouse that had stepped into the Half-step Void Stage, but before the ghost-masked man, he seemed to be like paper…
"Take care of the rest yourself." Nie Yuan’s voice entered Duan Ling Tian’s ears.
Duan Ling Tian’s eyes flickered with a fierce light when he heard what Nie Yuan said, and his icy-cold gaze descended onto Duan Ru Lei, who’d long since been stunned on the spot.
Duan Ru Lei had a deathly pale expression, but he didn’t flee, as even if he wanted to flee, with his mere ninth level Body Tempering Stage cultivation, he would not be able to go far. Everyone present, even Duan Ling Tian, whose cultivation was the lowest, was still capable of easily catching up to him.
Spirit Serpent Movement Technique!
Duan Ling Tian’s body moved as if he had transformed into a spirit serpent, instantly flashing to arrive before Duan Ru lei.
Duan Ru Lei seemed as if he’d realized that he was facing imminent danger, and simply risked everything as he spoke with a vicious gaze. "Duan Ling Tian, you’re in luck that the Divine Might Marquis actually helped you… However, even if I become a ghost, I’ll still not let you off!"
"I wasn’t afraid when you were still a man, could it be that I would fear you as a ghost?" Duan Ling Tian felt it to be laughable.
Because of the ghost-masked man’s appearance, Duan Ling Tian felt slightly depressed, so he didn’t waste his breath on Duan Ru Lei. His Violet Myrtle Flexible Sword flashed out to directly end Duan Ru Lei’s life. At the same time, he also put away Duan Ru Lei’s Spatial Ring.
He could imagine how this Duan Ru Lei, as the one who managed most of the Duan Clan’s businesses, would surely have extremely impressive amounts of wealth in his possession.
"Uncle Nie, who was that earlier?" Duan Ling Tian put away Duan Ru Lei’s Spatial Ring within his own Spatial Ring. He didn’t even have the time to establish ownership on it before his gaze descended upon the nearby Nie Yuan.
He could tell that his Uncle Nie should know of that person’s identity; otherwise, he wouldn’t have said what he said to the green-clothed old man.
"…But unfortunately, you’re opponent today isn’t me." This sentence was more than enough to prove that Nie Yuan knew the ghost-masked man.
"He’s an extremely terrifying person." A trace of fear appeared on Nie Yuan’s face.
"He’s isn’t a friend of Uncle Nie?" Duan Ling Tian was stunned.
Nie Yuan laughed bitterly. "Of course not. Maybe I, the Divine Might Marquis, might look superior in the eyes of others, but in his eyes, I amount to nothing… I only happened to encounter him on my way here. The reason he came here was precisely to punish this traitor." As Nie Yuan spoke, he gazed upon the green-clothed old man’s corpses, whose head and body had been separated.
This old man with a cultivation that had stepped into the Half-step Void Stage was actually a former underling of that ghost-masked man?
In next to no time, Duan Ling Tian came to an understanding. That ghost-masked man was a true Void Stage powerhouse after all! And thus it wasn’t weird that he had such an underling.
"Uncle Nie, according to my knowledge, there are only three true Void Stage powerhouses within the Crimson Sky Kingdom. Besides the Imperial Family’s and Grandfather Nie, there seems to only be the powerhouse from the Ghastly Shadow… Could it be that the person from before is him?" Duan Ling Tian gazed at Nie Yuan as if he wanted to discern the answer from his face.
Nie Yuan lightly smiled but didn’t state anything, then his body moved to fly and leave. "You two, help this kid clean this place up… Duan Ru Lei is the Duan Clan’s second master after all, so you better not let the Duan Clan find out it was you."
"Yes, General!" Zhang Qian and Zhao Gang had faces full of respect as they sent of Nie Yuan with their gazes.
"So mysterious?" Duan Ling Tian shook his head and didn’t think of it any longer. In any case, whether or not that person was the Void Stage powerhouse of Ghastly Shadow had nothing to do with him.
Duan Ling Tian slowly walked out as he removed the Spatial Rings from that green-clothed old man and the three old men one by one.
Subsequently, with the help of Zhang Qian and Zhao Gang, he first incinerated the all the corpses before tossing a ball of flame to burn the entire courtyard house… Flames shot into the sky as if raging flames were burning a city.
Duan Ling Tian’s group of three, however, walked out from within the burning flames and slowly vanished at the end of the road.
Meanwhile, they could hear waves of people crying out in alarm from behind them.
The matter was finally resolved!
Duan Ling Tian heaved a sigh of relief, but when he recalled what happened today, he still felt a lingering fear within his heart. If it wasn’t for Uncle Nie appearing in time, his head would probably have been far from his body at this moment, as he didn’t think that the ghost-masked man would have saved him.
Maybe in the eyes of the ghost-masked man, all life was as worthless as straw and not worth mentioning…
After he returned to his own house, Duan Ling Tian entered his room and fell into a deep slumber.
But right at this moment, the entire Duan Clan was completely stirred…
Duan Ru Lei, who played a decisive role in the Duan Clan and controlled most of the clan’s businesses, was burned to death in the night, and his courtyard house in the inner city was burned to ashes with him!
Within the Duan Clan Estate’s audience hall.
Patriarch Duan Ru Huo had a gloomy expression and gaze like lightning. "Second Brother is gone just like that… No matter who did it, even if my Duan Clan has to dig three feet into the ground, we must still find the culprit to burn his bones and scatter his ashes so that we may console Second Brother’s spirit in heaven!"
"The Patriarch is right!"
"The second master left without any clear reason, and as such this ought to be done."
Most of the Duan Clan elders that were present nodded in agreement.
However, when one looked at their expressions, their expressions were mostly filled with indifference.
Maybe in their opinion, Duan Ru Lei was just a cripple in the end. To them, with Duan Ru Lei dead, the businesses that were originally controlled by him would become unoccupied, and they could obtain a share as well.
To a certain extent, the death of Duan Ru Lei was a good thing to them. Of course, they would only dare think like this in their hearts.
The Duan Clan’s fourth master, Duan Ru Hong, had a gloomy expression. "It’s really been troubled times lately. First it was the two direct descendants of the Su Clan that died in succession, now Second Brother was burned to death without a clear reason… Could these two incidents be linked?"
"Fourth Master, you’re being too sensitive. According to my knowledge, the death of the two Su Clan direct descendants seemed to be related to the Su Clan’s Grand Elder, Su Nan… Second Master had no relationship with that Su Nan in the slightest." A Duan Clan elder shook his head as he spoke slowly.
What he said received the agreement of most of the people present.
"Whether they’re related or not, my Duan Clan will surely get to the bottom of this matter and give justice to Second Brother!" Duan Ru Huo’s voice had a breathtaking fury mixed within.
"Patriarch, there’s still another matter… I heard from my grandson that this morning, at the side of the Paladin Academy’s Martial Arts Practice Ground, Duan Ru Feng’s son, Duan Ling Tian, used his cultivation at the Origin Core Stage to defeat Xu Qing, the formed number one genius of Paladin Academy!" An aged Duan Clan elder suddenly spoke.
His grandson was a Paladin Academy student as well.
"What?! Origin Core Stage? Second Elder, you aren’t joking, right? Duan Ru Feng’s son has stepped into the Origin Core Stage?"
"Yeah, Second Elder. According to my knowledge, Duan Ling Tian is only 18 this year, right? He already has a monstrous endowment by being able to cultivate to the ninth level of the Core Formation Stage, and he seems to have surpassed Duan Ru Feng when he was the same age… But the Origin Core Stage, impossible!"
"Across the history of out Crimson Sky Kingdom, there seems to never have been an appearance of a 18-year-old Origin Core martial artist…Even within the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom, an 18-year-old Origin Core martial artist is considered to be an absolute monstrous genius in the Martial Dao, an existence that all the huge sects would compete for!"
"I feel it’s impossible!"
The group of Duan Clan elders didn’t dare believe it and they shook their heads.
"Silence!" Right at this moment, Patriarch Duan Ru Huo spoke and suppressed the clamorous discussion within the audience hall. "I can bear witness on this matter, and what Second Elder said is true! At dawn today, Duan Ru Feng’s son, Duan Ling Tian, indeed defeated Xu Qing, and at that time, he didn’t use a spirit weapon and was able to exert the strength of 16 ancient mammoths!"
The moment Duan Ru Huo spoke, the entire audience hall became deathly silent, and the people present didn’t doubt it any longer.
Not using a spirit weapon and able to exert the strength of 16 ancient mammoths?
As long as it was a normal martial artist, the first thought in their mind would be that it was an Origin Core martial artist attacking while holding back…
After all, a ninth level Core Formation martial artist that didn’t utilize a spirit weapon would at most be able to exert the strength of 12 ancient mammoths!
The strength of 16 ancient mammoths was something that only an Origin Core martial artist was capable of exerting.
"Patriarch." The old man that sat beneath Duan Ru Huo and had never spoken since the beginning, abruptly spoke.
This old man had a head full of snow-white, long hair and a pair of white brows that were curled upwards. Presently, his murky eyes seemed to have cleared away the mist before then and were emitting dazzling rays of light.
Accompanied by the old man speaking, everyone within the audience hall, including Patriarch Duan Ru Huo, gazed respectfully at the old man.
The old man was precisely the Duan Clan’s Grand Elder, and not only that, the old man had another identity… The previous Duan Clan’s Patriarch, Duan Zhen.
"Since that Duan Ling Tian has such natural talent, we must be sure to use any means necessary to make him return to the clan and acknowledge his ancestors… He has even more potential that Duan Ru Feng all those years ago, and the Crimson Sky Kingdom will surely not be able to hold him in the future!" As Duan Zhen slowly spoke, a flame flashed within his eyes. "If he’s able to be looked upon favorably by the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom’s top sects… with the generosity of those sects and for the sake of Duan Ling Tian, it wouldn’t be impossible for them to bestow a Void Advancement Pill."
Void Advancement Pill!
The entire audience hall was deathly silent the moment Duan Zhen finished speaking, and all that remained was the sounds of heavy breathing…
Void Advancement Pill!
All of them naturally knew what medicinal pill it was.
A Void Advancement Pill, grade 5 medicinal pill, and could only be refined by a grade 5 alchemist.
Once a Half-step Void Stage powerhouse consumes it, there is a 50% chance that the martial artist will break through to the Void Prying Stage within three days!
There was a 30% chance that the martial artist would break through to the Void Prying Stage within one month!
There was a 20% chance that the martial artist would break through to the Void Prying Stage within one year!
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