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Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
When changing to cultivate sword skills from other types of martial skills, disciples that entered the Seven Star Sword Sect would ordinarily choose sword skills that were similar to the martial skills they’d previously cultivated.
Unless their comprehension ability was inferior to the point one would find it difficult to look seriously at them, practically all martial artists that were able to attain a cultivation at the Origin Core Stage had already cultivated a high grade Profound Rank martial skill to the Perfection Stage and had an extremely deep comprehension towards certain martial skills.
As a top sect within the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom, the sword skills of the Seven Star Sword Sect were practically all high grade Profound Rank sword skills, and unless one who entered the sect was originally cultivating sword skills, one would surely change to cultivate sword skills.
Sword skills rely on spirit swords to be executed, and to a certain extent they possess an advantage to most martial skills.
"Let's go." Shao Fei frowned when he saw Shi Lan and Hu Li starting to chat idly and continued to walk forward.
"Duan Ling Tian, let's catch up to him." Shi Lan and Hu Li called Duan Ling Tian, then the three of them caught up to Shao Fei.
In the following part of the journey, they would encounter fierce beasts from time to time…
The strongest amongst these fierce beasts was at the third level of the Origin Core Stage, and every time such a fierce beast appeared, it would be killed with the swing of a sword by Shi Lan and Hu Li.
"Our gains aren't bad. We already have seven beast cores from third level Origin Core Stage fierce beasts and 15 beast cores from second level Origin Core Stage fierce beasts." Hu Li, who was in charge of collecting the spoils, grinned widely.
"Be careful, the fierce beasts further up are even stronger." Shi Lan looked ahead with a slightly fearful gaze, then she looked at Duan Ling Tian, mainly wanting to warn Duan Ling Tian.
Duan Ling Tian smiled to Shi Lan to express his understanding.
"Roar!" Right at this moment, along with an oppressive loud roar, an extremely agile fierce beast with an enormous body dashed over and arrived before Duan Ling Tian’s group of four in the blink of an eye.
While the fierce beast dashed out, Duan Ling Tian could feel the vibration coming from the ground with every step it took. It was as if the earth quaked and the mountains swayed.
When this enormous fierce beast dashed over, 60 ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed into form in the sky above it…
Presently, the fierce beast was staring at Duan Ling Tian’s group of four, seeming to be observing something.
Hu Li fiercely gulped down a mouthful of saliva when he saw the fierce beast before him and exclaimed out in a low voice, "Fourth level Origin Core Stage fierce beast, Elephant Rhino!"
The Elephant Rhino was a terrifying fierce beast that was adept in strength and speed. It was able to knock ordinary fourth level Origin Core Stage fierce beasts flying with a single charge and was extremely tyrannical.
"Shao Fei, it’s up to you." When Shi Lan saw the Elephant Rhino appear, her beautiful eyes slightly squinted and descended onto Shao Fei.
The Elephant Rhino, a fourth level Origin Core Stage fierce beast that possessed the strength of 60 ancient mammoths…
In terms of speed, she and Hu Li were far from being able to compare with the Elephant Rhino.
In terms of offense, even though she and Hu Li were third level Origin Core martial artists that possessed grade eight spirit weapons, the strength that they were able to exert when relying upon the spirit weapons was only comparable to the strength of 46 ancient mammoths… It was too much of a difference compared to the Elephant Rhino.
Even if she and Hu Li joined forces, it would still be impossible for them to be a match for the Elephant Rhino.
As for Duan Ling Tian, as far as she was concerned, he was only a first level Origin Core Stage outer court disciple that had just entered the Seven Star Sword Sect and would unable to help.
So, in her opinion, only Shao Fei was able to deal with this Elephant Rhino in their group of four.
Shao Fei’s brows knitted when he heard Shi Lan, and a trace of complacency appeared on the corners of his mouth.
Subsequently, his gaze descended onto Duan Ling Tian and he said, with a mocking tone, "If memory serves, there seems to be one person amongst us that hasn’t fought a battle yet, right? Since you’ve joined our team, and since you want an equal share of the gains… You can’t just sit around and enjoy the fruits of others’ labor, right?"
Shao Fei’s voice was extremely irritating to the ear.
The corners of Duan Ling Tian’s mouth curled into a sneer when he heard Shao Fei.
This Shao Fei said that he was sitting around and enjoying the fruits of others’ labor?
All through their way here, the only reason he didn’t fight a battle yet was because Shi Lan and Hu Li would rush over before him and didn’t give him the opportunity to make a move…
If they really encountered danger, he naturally wouldn’t look on and do nothing!
However, in the eyes of Shao Fei, his cultivation was only at the first level of the Origin Core Stage…
Under these circumstances, Shao Fei was pushing him out when faced with a fourth level Origin Core Stage Elephant Rhino. The atrocious heart of Shao Fei was apparent!
Shao Fei wanted him to go die!
"What? Don’t dare?" Seeing Duan Ling Tian not moving, Shao Fei started laughing. "A pretty boy is a pretty boy in the end. Besides wooing women, what other ability do you have?"
As he spoke up to this point, Shao Fei intentionally glanced at Shi Lan.
Shi Lan’s expression was extremely unsightly. "Shao Fei, how can you be like this!? Duan Ling Tian is only a first level Origin Core martial artist, whereas the Elephant Rhino is a fourth level Origin Core Stage fierce beast, and only you amongst us are able to deal with it… You asking Duan Ling Tian to deal with it, isn’t it asking him to go die?"
"Hmph!" Shao Fei glanced at Duan Ling Tian with a cold and indifferent gaze as he ridiculed. "A pretty boy that sits around and enjoys the fruits of others’ labor wants to have an equal share of the gains with us without fighting a battle? Is that possible? If he’s dead, then we three will share the gains. Isn’t that even better?"
"You…" Shi Lan was angered by Shao Fei to the point that her face went ghastly white and her delicate figure started trembled and was unable to speak.
"Shao Fei, you’re going too far!" Hu Li wasn’t able to stand by and watch any longer, and he frowned as he said, "Since Duan Ling Tian has joined us now, he’s our companion. How can you be like this?!"
"Hu Li!" Shao Fei sneered. "If you and Shi Lan want to protect him, then fight it yourselves. I’m not willing to equally share my gains with a fellow that sits around and enjoys the fruits of others’ labor."
As Shao Fei spoke, he retreated a few steps.
Subsequently, while Shi Lan and Hu Li had livid expressions, he added, "Right, if you two expel him from our small team, or perhaps he himself is sensible and leaves… Then I’ll act and help you two."
Shao Fei’s tone was filled with complacency as if he was certain that if he didn’t act, Duan Ling Tian and the others wouldn’t be able to deal with the Elephant Rhino.
"Shao Fei, you…" Hu Li and Shi Lan were both angered by Shao Fei to the point that their faces went livid and their eyes were crimson red. They’d also noticed now that the Elephant Rhino was already accumulating strength and was likely to attack them at any moment.
If Shao Fei didn’t help, then only the path of death was left for the three of them!
However, asking them to expel Duan Ling Tian from their small team and yield to Shao Fei’s abuse of power was something that they weren’t willing to do from the bottom of their hearts.
"Duan Ling Tian, you stand behind. I and Hu Li will deal with this Elephant Rhino… If the situation goes awry, you flee right away!" Shi Lan looked at Duan Ling Tian and had a serious expression.
"Yeah, Duan Ling Tian, you’re only at the first level of the Origin Core Stage, and you’re far from being a match for this fourth level Origin Core Stage Elephant Rhino. Just stay behind us and watch us deal with it… If the situation gets dangerous, listen to Shi Lan and flee right away!" Hu Li said to Duan Ling Tian as well. The face of this robust young man was filled with seriousness.
Duan Ling Tian’s gaze was complicated when he heard what Hu Li and Shi Lan said, and traces of warmth arose in his heart.
"Hmph!" Shao Fei, who stood at the back, saw this scene and sneered. "Such a touching scene… Shi Lan, Hu Li, let me say it first: if this Duan Ling Tian flees by himself and isn’t expelled from our small team by the two of you, then even if you two are about to be killed by the Elephant Rhino, I still won’t make a move to save the two of you!"
What Shao Fei said caused Duan Ling Tian’s face to sink.
This Shao Fei was really at odds with him!
Moreover, he even looked at Shi Lan’s and Hu Li’s lives as a trifling matter.
Flames of rage arose within Duan Ling Tian’s heart…
"Shao Fei!" Hu Li looked at Shao Fei. Coldness and indifference appeared on the corners of his mouth, and his gaze became entirely unfamiliar. "I won’t expel Duan Ling Tian even if I die! He is my companion."
"Me too." Shi Lan’s elegant face tightened, and her tone was incomparably firm.
"Good, good… Then I want to see how all of you deal with the Elephant Rhino!" Shao Fei knew that his plan to force Duan Ling Tian to leave had failed when Hu Li and Shi Lan declared their stances. He was slightly angry from embarrassment and started laughing from extreme anger.
Subsequently, he looked at Duan Ling Tian and a trace of a cold light flashed within his eyes.
Duan Ling Tian felt the hostility Shao Fei had towards him.
He understood that this Shao Fei was a petty person who had always felt it difficult to feel at ease when a first level Origin Core Stage like him joined their small team.
Perhaps in Shao Fei’s eyes, Duan Ling Tian was only a burden.
But Duan Ling Tian had never imagined that just because of this, this Shao Fei would actually lose all balance of judgment and make Shi Lan and Hu Li die for this…
The atrocious actions of this Shao Fei caused Duan Ling Tian to feel disgust from the bottom of his heart!
"Shi Lan, Hu Li, thank you for your good intentions…" Duan Ling Tian looked at Shi Lan and Hu Li, then he lightly smiled.
"Duan Ling Tian, what do you mean by this? You’re our companion. No matter what, we won’t let you leave our small team."
"Yeah, Duan Ling Tian, we’re companions, and we go through thick and thin together!" Hu Li and Shi Lan thought that Duan Ling Tian intended to leave by himself, and their faces instantly went pale as they hurriedly spoke out.
"Hmph! I’ll consider you sensible." Shao Fei naturally thought Duan Ling Tian intended to leave himself as well, and instantly, a trace of a victorious smile appeared on the corners of his mouth.
Unexpectedly, Duan Ling Tian’s actions in the next moment caused the smile on the corners of his mouth to freeze.
"Shi Lan, Hu Li, what are you two talking about? I’m not leaving… I just want to tell the two of you to leave this Elephant Rhino to me." Duan Ling Tian knew that Shi Lan and Hu Li had misunderstood, so he hurriedly explained with a light smile.
As he spoke, he took a stride forward and walked towards the fourth level Origin Core Stage Elephant Rhino… As it happens, he could use this Elephant Rhino to properly test the Wyrm Python Form’s Quake Energy.
"I’ll suppress my strength to the third level of the Origin Core Stage and exert the strength of 40 ancient mammoths, then I’ll use a grade seven spirit sword… Forget it, I’ll use a grade eight spirit sword. In this way, my offensive strength will be comparable to the strength of 48 ancient mammoths." At the same time that he walked out, he thought in his heart, "This Elephant Rhino is a fierce beast at the fourth level of the Origin Core Stage and possesses the strength of 60 ancient mammoths… I’ll test if I’m able to use the strength of 48 ancient mammoths and rely on the Quake Energy to kill it!"
As he thought up to this point, Duan Ling Tian was slightly excited in his heart.
"No! A fourth level Origin Core Stage fierce beast isn’t something you can deal with. Duan Ling Tian, quickly come back!" Shi Lan noticed Duan Ling Tian’s actions, and her beautiful face went pale.
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