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"Little bastard, don’t talk nonsense! Even a grade six alchemist can’t do nothing against the poison of the Dark Nether Mink. Who are you trying to bluff?" Xue Yun’s icy cold eyes flashed past Duan Ling Tian as he sneered.
As far as he was concerned, Duan Ling Tian was only an ignorant youth!
Duan Ling Tian didn’t bother wasting his time on Xue Yun and said indifferently, "Old Hong, Old Qin…You two ought to still remember what the Senior Marquis said to the two of you before you two left the Divine Might Marquis Estate with me, right? I don’t care if he’s a Specter Guard, I want him dead, now."
Duan Ling Tian spoke in a carefree manner, but within his voice, a dense killing intent was revealed.
A Half-step Void Stage powerhouse was too big of a threat to him…Moreover, the enmity between him and this Half-step Void Stage powerhouse could be said to be absolutely irreconciliable.
If Xue Yun didn’t die, Duan Ling Tian’s heart wouldn’t be at peace.
"Yes, Commander!" Old Hong and Old Qin nodded and directly attacked with full force.
"Hmph!" Xue Yu’s face went grim, then a three-foot-long blade appeared in his hand as soon as he raised it.
Origin Energy exploded out, causing the three-foot-long blade to emit a burst of sword cries, and the number of ancient mammoth silhouettes above Xue Yun instantly rose to over 1,900.
Obviously, this was a grade seven spirit weapon!
But was it only he who had a grade seven spirit weapon?
Old Hong and Old Qin respectively withdrew their own grade seven spirit weapons, and over 1,900 ancient mammoth silhouettes appeared above them.
The grade seven spirit weapon in Old Hong’s hand was a spear.
The grade seven spirit weapon in Old Qin’s hand was a bone fan.
Xue Yun attacked. The sword in his hand seemed to transform into a bolt of lightning as it tore through the sky and caused a piercing, whistling sound to echo out as it flashed straight for Old Qin.
Perhaps as far as he was concerned, only by injuring Old Qin would he have any hope of escaping.
Old Qin didn’t dodge and raised his hand. The bone fan in his hand starting revolving faster and faster, emitting ear-piercing howls of wind that caused the surrounding air to stagnate.
Origin Energy exploded out from the Bone Fan and actually revolved as it flashed out, aiming straight for Xue Yun’s throat.
Old Qin was fearless when faced with Xue Yun’s sword strike, and he seemed more like he was waiting for Xue Yun’s sword to flash over.
At the critical moment, the spear in Old Hong’s hand trembled and seemed like a flood dragon coming forth from its lair as it tore through the air and stopped Xue Yun’s sword strike.
"No!" Xue Yun fiercely shouted, and this would also be the last sound he emitted in this lifetime.
His head was directly minced off by the revolving bone fan.
The two halves of Xue Yun’s body fell down with a crash, and his blood stained the ground.
Meanwhile, Old Qin raised his hand and the bone fan returned to his hand. Then fan actually wasn’t stained by the fresh blood in the slightest.
"So formidable!" Duan Ling Tian’s eyes squinted and he was slightly surprised.
At the same time, he was also shocked at Old Hong and Old Qing’s teamwork… There was an extremely close tacit understanding between the two, and they trusted each other.
Not only did Old Qin not dodge when faced with Xue Yun’s sword strike, instead, he used that moment to execute his strongest attack and cause Xue Yun to be unable to defend against it.
It was precisely because he trusted Old Hong that he dared do that. Moreover, Old Hong didn’t let him down and promptly made a move to stop the sword strike that would have pierced through his chest.
Duan Ling Tian believed that there probably weren’t many Half-step Void Stage powerhouses who could be a match to Old Hong and Old Qin when they joined forces.
"With Old Hong and Old Qin’s strength, they’re absolutely the trump card of the Divine Might Marquis Estate…I never imagined that Uncle Nie would lend them to me." A trace of warmth arose within Duan Ling Tian’s heart.
Moreover, the other eight people that the Divine Might Marquis sent to Duan Ling Tian didn’t reveal any surprise. It was as if they already knew that Old Hong and Old Qin had such strength since a long time ago.
Duan Ling Tian removed Xue Yun’s Spatial Ring and then picked up the grade seven spirit sword.
Xue Yun’s sword was completely jet-black and revealed a sense of being simple and ancient.
Duan Ling Tian’s hand trembled and a black bolt of lightning flashed out, then 39 ancient mammoth silhouettes appeared above Duan Ling Tian…
"27% amplification, not bad. It’s better than the grade eight spirit weapon I refined now." Duan Ling Tian thought in his heart before putting away the fully jet-black grade seven spirit sword.
Meanwhile, all of the Embroidered Uniform Guards, including Old Hong and Old Qin, were dumbstruck.
When utilizing a grade seven spirit weapon, this Commander of theirs was able to draw upon the energy of heaven and earth and develop 39 ancient mammoth silhouettes…
A grade seven spirit weapon amplified nearly 30% strength.
In other words, even without a spirit weapon, he would still be capable of exerting the strength of 30 ancient mammoths.
Second level of the Origin Core Stage!
They never thought that their Commander had already broken through to the second level of the Origin Core Stage…An 18-year-old second level Origin Core martial artist!
They felt their scalps go numb.
After ordering the remaining Embroidered Uniform Guards to bury Xue Yun’s corpse, Duan Ling Tian called Old Hong and Old Qin, then he walked into the rear courtyard.
Duan Ling Tian looked at the two old men and asked curiously. "Old Hong, Old Qin…Earlier, the Specter Guard and his majesty the Mortal Emperor that Xue Yun mentioned, what are they exactly? Can you two explain it to me?"
"Of course." Old Hong nodded, and his face went slightly serious. "His majesty the Mortal Emperor is called Mortal Emperor Chu, and he is the younger brother of the current Emperor. He shares the same father but not mother with the Emperor, and he is of the same generation as your father, Duan Ru Feng…That year, within the younger generation of the Crimson Sky Kingdom, his natural talent was only inferior to your father’s."
"Later, Mortal Emperor Chu left the Crimson Sky Kingdom and went to wander around the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom…When he returned over 10 years later, his cultivation had stepped into the Void Prying Stage! At that time, the Imperial Family’s Void Prying Stage powerhouse of the previous generation had just passed away, so he accepted the important task of protecting the Imperial Family and became the Mortal Emperor that was concealed behind the scenes.
"As for the Specter Guard, they’re the servants at the Mortal Emperor’s side. They total nine people and are all Half-step Void Stage powerhouses." Old Hong finished explaining in a single breath.
Duan Ling Tian came to a sudden understanding.
Mortal Emperor Chu!
The Imperial Family’s Void Stage powerhouse!
He deeply remembered it in his heart.
"Commander, the Marquis sent someone over to notify you to make a trip to the Divine Might Marquis Estate." Right at this moment, a voice sounded out from the front courtyard.
Duan Ling Tian, who was at the rear courtyard, heard it clearly, and he lightly smiled to the two old men. "Old Qin, Old Hong, come with me."
Before long, Duan Ling Tian once again arrived at the Divine Might Marquis Estate.
"Little Tian, the medicinal materials you wanted have been gathered." The Divine Might Marquis Nie Yuan’s face revealed a smile when he saw Duan Ling Tian’s arrival.
"So fast?" Duan Ling Tian was slightly surprised, as one of the main medicinal catalysts to refine the grade eight Spirit-Cleansing Pill was extremely hard to come by, after all. Even in the Imperial City, it was extremely rare.
He never expected that his Uncle Nie would already have gathered them all in only a few days.
The secrets of the Divine Might Marquis Estate were extraordinary as expected.
Nie Yuan said, with a smile, "One of the medicinal materials among them was extremely rare…However, I just happened to know an alchemist who possessed it and asked him to transfer it to me.
Duan Ling Tian nodded and then went to the rear courtyard of the Divine Might Marquis Estate with Nie Yuan.
In next to no time, Duan Ling Tian withdrew his cauldron and condensed a grade eight pill fire, then he started refining the grade eight Spirit-Cleansing Pill.
Duan Ling Tian placed the entire pile of medicinal materials into the cauldron, and after spending three hours, slightly out of his expectations, he’d refined seven grade eight Spirit-Cleansing Pills.
"Grandpa Nie, these are three grade eight Spirit-Cleansing Pills, and just like the last time, consume them separately over the course of three months…After three months, the toxic poison of the Dark Nether Mink within your body will completely vanish!" Duan Ling Tian put away four grade eight Spirit-Cleansing Pills and passed the other three to the old man.
The old man directly consumed one, and his face revealed a carefree smile. "Little Tian, it’s all thanks to you."
Duan Ling Tian shook his head and smiled. "Grandpa Nie, don’t mention it. If it wasn’t for Old Hong and Old Qin that you sent to me, I probably wouldn’t have been able to see you again."
If those two old men hadn’t been present, it could be imagined how it would be impossible for Duan Ling Tian to survive Xue Yun.
"What happened?" The old man’s face sank when he heard this, and his pair of muddy eyes lit up with a bright light as killing intent shot out from within them.
"Little Tian, who’s so bold to dare to touch you?" Nie Yuan had a face full of rage as well.
"Grandpa Nie, Uncle Nie, don’t worry, he’s already dead…That person was called Xue Yun, and he seemed to be the father of the City Guard Army’s Commander, Xue Lu," Duan Ling Tian slowly said.
"Xue Yun? According to my knowledge, he’s a Specter Guard…However, serves him right that he’s dead, because he dared touch you." The old man’s face had a casual expression, it was as if he didn’t take Xue Yun’s death to heart in the slightest.
Nie Yuan was almost the same.
"Uncle Nie, you haven’t consumed the Monkey King Wine?" Duan Ling Tian looked at Nie Yuan and changed the topic.
"I intend to consume it in another few days…At that time, I’ll temporarily leave the Imperial City and find a place to greet the Six-Nine Lightning Tribulation!" Nie Yuan lightly smiled.
Duan Ling Tian blinked his eyes and said, with a smile, "Looks like Uncle Nie is extremely confident in stepping into the Void Prying Stage in a short amount of time."
"Haha…If Uncle Nie steps into the Void Prying Stage, that would still be thanks to your contribution. If I didn’t have your Monkey King Wine, I don’t know how long it would be before I’d be able to break through, even to the extent I might not be able to break through in my lifetime." As he finished speaking, Nie Yuan shook his head and sighed.
Although he only needed one more step to reach the Void Prying Stage, many Half-step Void Stage martial artists like him had appeared within the history of the Crimson Sky Kingdom.
In the end, more than 90% among those martial artists weren’t able to break through to the Void Prying Stage and just died of old age.
If one wanted to step into the Void Prying Stage, then one must possess an extraordinary natural talent.
Of course, it wasn’t impossible for one with ordinary natural talent to break through to the Void Prying Stage.
As long as one possessed a Void Advancement Pill, or other external sources of assistance, such as the Monkey King Wine, one could still smoothly break through to the Void Prying Stage as well.
"Uncle Nie, you’re exaggerating. Grandpa Nie was able to break through to the Void Prying Stage, how could you possibly have any problems?" Duan Ling Tian shook his head and laughed.
However, Nie Yuan hadn’t spoken yet when the old man spoke first. "Little Tian, there’s something you don’t know…Grandpa Nie was able to break through to the Void Prying Stage because of the Void Advancement Pill as well. If I didn’t have the Void Advancement Pill, then it would have probably been difficult for me to break through to the Void Prying Stage in my lifetime."
Duan Ling Tian was stunned, as he never thought that the old man had broken through to the Void Prying Stage by relying on the Void Advancement Pill.
After leaving the Divine Might Marquis Estate, Duan Ling Tian directly returned home and summoned Xiong Quan.
"Young Master!" Xiong Quan respectfully bowed to Duan Ling Tian.
"Xiong Quan, take this." Duan Ling Tian didn’t waste time and directly withdrew three grade eight Spirit-Cleansing Pills from his Spatial Ring and passed them to Xiong Quan.
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