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Finally, Princess Bi Yao withdrew her gaze and sat the Emperor’s left side.
But her pair of beautiful eyes that were tender like water still couldn’t help from sneaking a peek at Duan Ling Tian occasionally…
The handsome face that she longed for and had appeared many times during her dreams at night had now really appeared before her eyes once again.
It caused her feelings to unstably rise and fall, and she couldn’t calm down for a long time.
Presently, Duan Ling Tian and Princess Bi Yao respectively sat at a side of the Emperor, and when looked at from far, they were simply like a match made in heaven.
At this moment, everything in the surroundings seemed to be overshadowed by them.
Duan Ling Tian’s brows raised and his calm gaze descended onto the robust middle aged man, and he thought in his heart. "He’s the ambassador of the Sun Ascent Kingdom?"
Subsequently, Duan Ling Tian looked at the other three people by the side of the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador.
These were there young men, and the oldest was around 35 years old.
The youngest was also almost 30.
Presently, the burning gazes of the three had shot at Princess Bi Yao, and it seemed as if they were rooted to her…
The corners of Duan Ling Tian’s mouth curled into disdain when he saw this.
These were the three young geniuses of the Sun Ascent Kingdom?
Not mentioning anything else, but as far as Duan Ling Tian was concerned, it would be difficult for these three people to have any great accomplishments in their lives with this level of composure.
The youngest young man by the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador’s side looked at the Emperor as he said slightly impatiently, "Respected Emperor of the Crimson Sky Kingdom, now that everyone is here, can the friendly martial competition between our Sun Ascent Kingdom and the young geniuses of your Crimson Sky Kingdom begin? I’m already impatient to experience the ability of your Crimson Sky Kingdom’s young geniuses…"
The Emperor hadn’t spoken yet when another young man around the age of 32 or 33 that was beside the previous young man couldn’t help but laugh as he said, "It looks to me that wanting to experience the ability of the Crimson Sky Kingdom’s young geniuses is fake, and wanting to show off before the beautiful Princess is your real motive, right?"
"Hmph! Could it be that you don’t want to?" The formed snorted coldly, and wasn’t courteous in the slightest towards his companion.
"Your strength is the weakest amongst the three of us… Let me see how you lose face before the beautiful Princess." The latter’s tone was filled with ridicule.
"Since the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s young geniuses are already impatient, then I declare that friendly martial competition between the young geniuses of my Crimson Sky Kingdom and the Sun Ascent Kingdom officially begins!" The Emperor had a calm expression as he slowly announced.
The Emperor had just finished speaking when the youngest young man of the Sun Ascent Kingdom flashed out to stand in the empty ground in the middle of the banquet tables.
Zha Mu’s gaze swept past the young geniuses at the various banquet tables, then he slowly spoke with a tone that contained an intent to provoke. "I’m Zha Mu, I’ve heard since long ago that the experts in the Crimson Sky Kingdom are numerous like the clouds. Who’s willing to come provide me with some guidance?"
"I’ll meet you in battle!" A Su Clan disciple around the age of 27 or 28 that was by the Su Clan’s Patriarch’s side flew out to stand in confrontation with Zha Mu.
"Crimson Sky Kingdom, Su Clan, Su Yi." The Su Clan disciple nodded to Zha Mu then spoke slowly.
"Although it’s the first time I’ve come to the Crimson Sky Kingdom, I’ve still heard of your Su Clan since I arrived at the Imperial City, and I know that the Su Clan is one of the three great clans of the Imperial City… Today, let me experience the strength of a Su Clan disciple! Sorry for the offence." As Zha Mu spoke, his figure flashed out with an imposing aura that shot into the sky like a rainbow.
His entire body seemed to have transformed into a cannonball that flew straight towards Su Yi.
In the sky, 100 ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed into form…
"Seventh level Origin Core Stage!" Su Yi’s face went pale when he saw this.
Obviously, Zha Mu’s strength had exceeded his expectations.
Su Yi’s face sank, he raised his hand and directly withdrew a spirit sword from the sheath on his waist, then directly swung out it.
Instantly, 70 ancient mammoth silhouettes appeared in the sky, then another 13 ancient mammoth silhouettes appeared via the amplification of the spirit sword.
Fifth level Origin Core Stage, grade eight spirit sword!
His sword tore through the sky, seeming to have transformed into a venomous serpent that fiercely bit towards Zha Mu.
This sword strike contained the strength of 83 ancient mammoths!
"Futile effort!" Zha Mu had a disdainful expression when he saw this, then his figure flashed out to easily dodge Su Yi’s sword strike.
Zha Mu smashed out with his fist with a large movement, and in an instant, it descended onto Su Yi’s chest like a sledgehammer smashing down, blasting Su Yi flying.
An ear piercing sound of bones breaking suddenly sounded out, and it was extremely clear.
Su Yi was like an arrow that left the bow as he flew out before fiercely falling onto the ground and fainting.
"You!!" The Su Clan’s Patriarch, Su Bo Ya’s, face went gloomy, and he hurriedly went to check on Su Yi’s injuries.
He never imagined that the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s members would be so ruthless…
A seventh level Origin Core Stage martial artist going against a fifth level Origin Core Stage martial artist, yet being so ruthless was truly a lack of graceful bearing!
Duan Ling Tian’s brows frowned slightly as he felt the members of the Sun Ascent Kingdom had gone too far, not holding back when thwarting someone who’s two levels of cultivation weaker than one’s self was truly infuriating.
This is called a friendly martial competition?
If someone didn’t know it, they would think that the scene from before was a battle between enemies.
At this moment, besides Duan Ling Tian, Mo Yu, the Divine Might Marquis and the Emperor, everyone else present from the Crimson Sky Kingdom had angry expressions.
The Sun Ascent Kingdom was going too far in bullying the Crimson Sky Kingdom!
Seeming to have noticed the atmosphere of the scene, the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador stood up in a timely manner and fiercely glared at Zha Mu. "Zha Mu, it’s only a friendly martial competition between the young geniuses of our Sun Ascent Kingdom and the Crimson Sky Kingdom today, how can you be so ruthless!? Quickly apologize to the Emperor of the Crimson Sky Kingdom."
However, everyone present had good sense, how could they not discern that although the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador spoke in this way, his eyes contained slight complacency mixed within.
"Yes, Lord Ambassador." Zha Mu didn’t get angry from being reprimanded but instead smiled, then looked at the Emperor and cupped his hands. "Your Majesty of the Crimson Sky Kingdom, Zha Mu had attacked too heavily earlier, I’m sorry."
"There’s no harm." The Emperor waved his hand and had a carefree expression as he spoke slowly. "Injuries can’t be avoided when sparring and competing in the martial arts, it’s alright so long as lives remain unharmed."
"Your Majesty of the Crimson Sky Kingdom is wise." Zha Mu grinned, then his infatuated gaze flashed past Princess Bi Yao before turning around and speaking provocatively. "Next, I wonder which young genius of the Crimson Sky Kingdom will be generous with advice? Friends below the seventh level of the Origin Core Stage, please don’t come over and waste time." As he finished speaking, disdain flashed within Zha Mu’s eyes.
"Allow me!" Zha Mu’s actions had drawn the joint rage of everyone from the Crimson Sky Kingdom since long ago.
At this moment, a young man around the age of 30 walked out from the side of the Duan Clan, and he looked at Zha Mu with an arrogant expression. "Remember it properly, the one that defeated you today is I, Duan Sheng!"
"Duan Sheng? Hmph! From today onwards, change your name to Duan Bai…" Zha Mu snorted coldly, then he flashed out to battle Duan Sheng.
In the end, Zha Mu defeated Duan Sheng before Duan Sheng utilized his spirit weapon, and he smashed apart a few of Duan Sheng’s bones.
Although Duan Sheng was at the seventh level of the Origin Core Stage, he’d obviously only broken through a while ago. Moreover, his live combat experience was far inferior to Zha Mu, and he’d only gone against Zha Mu for 10 moves before being defeated by the flaw that Zha Mu revealed intentionally.
"From today onwards, you’re Duan Bai!" Zha Mu laughed loudly, and he was extremely arrogant, with a manner as if no one was able to compete with him.
The Duan Clan’s Patriarch, Duan Ru Huo, had only just given Duan Sheng a Gold Injury Pill when he heard Zha Mu, and his face sank instantly.
In the next moment, he abruptly raised his head and looked at Duan Ling Tian who sat by the Emperor’s side and his voice transmission contained slight rage mixed within. "Little Tian, avenge Duan Sheng!"
"Don’t worry Patriarch, he won’t be jumping around for long." Duan Ling Tian nodded to Duan Ru Huo and replied via voice transmission.
"I’ll meet you in battle!" A cold shout sounded out and a person flashed out from the Xiao Clan’s banquet table.
It was precisely an acquaintance of Duan Ling Tian, Xiao Yu.
"Who’re you?" Zha Mu looked at Xiao Yu and asked with an arrogant expression.
Under the gazes of everyone, he’d successively won two battles to bring honor to his Kingdom, and such an accomplishment in battle had caused him to be extremely complacent.
"You’ll naturally know if you defeat me." Xiao Yu had a frosty expression as he spoke coolly.
"This fellow is acting cool again." Duan Ling Tian shook his head and smiled when he saw this scene. His gaze was dreamy, as if he’d recalled the scene from a few years ago when he saw Xiao Yu for the first time in the Aurora City’s Hidden Dragon List’s gathering.
At that time, Xiao Yu was cold like this.
"Squeak squeak~" The little gold mouse that laid on Duan Ling Tian’s shoulder and slept since they started their journey to the Imperial Palace had awoken. The instant she opened her eyes, she saw the pile of good food before her eyes, then she flashed out to stand on the table before directly nibbling on the various good food on the table.
"What a cute little gold mouse." Because of Duan Ling Tian’s existence, Princess Bi Yao didn’t have much interest towards the friendly martial competition, and now when she saw a fluffy little gold mouse flash down from Duan Ling Tian’s shoulder, her beautiful eyes that were tender like water emitted a wisp of tender affection.
"Squeak squeak~" The little gold mouse heard Princess Bi Yao, then she winked at Princess Bi Yao for a while before continuing to lower her head and nibble on the good food on the table.
"What an intelligent little gold mouse." Princess Bi Yao’s eyes lit up when she saw this scene, as it was the first time she’d seen such an intelligent pet mouse.
Duan Ling Tian’s gaze descended onto the even ground before him.
Presently, Zha Mu had burst into rage when facing the cold expression Xiao Yu, then his body flashed out like a cannon ball as his powerful fist struck out, bearing down menacingly.
Xiao Yu stood on the spot when facing Zha Mu’s attack, and he had a calm expression as he stood there unmoving like a mountain.
"Sleeve Dimension?" Before Xiao Yu made a move, Duan Ling Tian felt this scene to be slightly familiar, and his brows couldn’t help but raise.
The facts proved that Duan Ling Tian’s guess was correct.
Xiao Yu attacked by swinging out his sleeve, and his sleeve expanded before sweeping out to intercept Zha Mu’s powerful punch.
Zha Mu’s punch that flashed out like a cannonball smashed onto Xiao Yu’s sleeve, yet he felt as if he’s hit a ball of cotton, and there was utterly no place to exert force.
"Zha Mu, use your spirit weapon!" Right at this moment, the expression of the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador went grim and he hurriedly warned Zha Mu via voice transmission.
He’d perceived that the martial skill Xiao Yu had executed now was extraordinary.
 The raw text for Duan Sheng means Duan ‘Victory’, so Zha Mu’s version was Duan ‘Defeat.’
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