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Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Jay
Zha Mu’s face became grim when he heard the warning from the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador, and he hurriedly withdrew his hand to shoot it like a bolt of lightning to grab towards his waist, wanting to withdraw the sheathed spirit saber there.
But would he be in time?
"Hmph!" At practically the instant Zha Mu withdrew his hand, Xiao Yu’s sleeve expanded once again and swiftly flashed out, and before Zha Mu could withdraw his saber, it was like a shadow that followed Zha Mu to smash onto his body, and it was as if it had predicted he would do this.
"Ah!!" Zha Mu let out a shrill cry that completely suppressed the sound of his bones breaking, and he flew out to fall onto the ground in a sorry state.
After he fell to the ground, the intense pain caused Zha Mu to roll around on the ground as cold sweat flowed out of his body.
Xiao Yu, victorious!
"Good!" Instantly, many people from the Crimson Sky Kingdom cheered.
Especially the Xiao Clan’s Patriarch, and a smile appeared on his face…
Earlier, no matter if it was the Su Clan or the Duan Clan, their disciples had fought Zha Mu, yet suffered a crushing defeat. Xiao Yu defeating Zha Mu had undoubtedly brought great honor to the Xiao Clan.
"Haha… Good!" The Emperor revealed a smile as well.
Although he’d always maintained his composure earlier, as if he was extremely indifferent to victory or defeat, every time the young geniuses of the Crimson Sky Kingdom were defeated, disappointment couldn’t help but emerge in his heart.
Now that Xiao Yu had defeated the young genius of the Sun Ascent Kingdom, it caused him to feel that it brought honor to him as well.
"What’s your name?" The Emperor looked at Xiao Yu as he asked.
"Your Majesty, I’m Xiao Yu." Xiao Yu’s face didn’t have the coldness from before when facing the Emperor, and he was respectful and reverent.
"Your Majesty, Xiao Yu is a good friend of mine," Duan Ling Tian looked at the Emperor as he said via voice transmission.
He did this because he undoubtedly hoped that the Emperor would value Xiao Yu even more.
This was extremely crucial to Xiao Yu’s future…
Xiao Yu was his friend, and he hoped that Xiao Yu would be able to accomplish something of his own in the Crimson Sky Kingdom.
The Emperor’s eyes squinted when he heard Duan Ling Tian’s voice transmission, then glanced deeply at Xiao Yu. "Xiao Yu, I’ve remembered you… I’ll properly reward you once the friendly martial competition between the young geniuses of my Crimson Sky Kingdom and the Sun Ascent Kingdom ends."
"Thank you, your Majesty." Xiao Yu hurriedly replied with an expression of being overwhelmed by the sudden favor.
Unlike Duan Ling Tian, although Xiao Yu’s natural talent in the Martial Dao wasn’t bad, it was merely limited to the Crimson Sky Kingdom.
Duan Ling Tian’s future wasn’t something that could be restrained by the Crimson Sky Kingdom.
Whereas if nothing unexpected happened, Xiao Yu was bound to spend his entire life in the Crimson Sky Kingdom.
In Xiao Yu’s eyes, the Emperor of the Crimson Sky Kingdom was a supreme existence…
Now that an existence like this wanted to reward him, it caused him to be pleasantly surprised, yet also terrified.
"This disciples of the Xiao Clan is extraordinary indeed… Most importantly, he’s still young and he still has a large space for improvement. He’s much stronger than the disciples of the Su Clan and the Duan Clan." The Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador looked at Xiao Yu as a cold light flashed deep within his eyes and a false smile hung on his face as he spoke slowly.
These words were obviously trying to drive a wedge between the clans.
"Ambassador, these words are mistaken." Right when the face of the Su Clan and Duan Clan’s Patriarchs went grim, Xiao Yu glanced calmly at the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador. "The Su Clan and the Duan Clan are similar to our Xiao Clan, they’re amongst the three great clans of the Imperial City and the experts in their clans are numerous like the clouds…"
"No matter if it is the Su Clan or the Duan Clan, they both have a young genius that I’m ashamed of my inferiority to! Moreover, the ages of those young geniuses aren’t older than me." Xiao Yu spoke slowly.
"Brother Xiao Yu, your words are going too far… Your current age is at most around 25. The Su Clan and the Duan Clan actually have young geniuses that are younger than you, yet possess a strength that surpasses you?" The Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador obviously didn’t believe him.
"Regardless of if you believe it or not… The one from the Su Clan has already left the Imperial Kingdom to wander about a few years ago. Before he left, he far surpassed me in both natural talent and strength. As for the one from the Duan Clan, I think that Lord Ambassador will be able to see him really soon." As Xiao Yu finished speaking, he stopped for a moment and his gaze unnoticeably flanked at Duan Ling Tian.
Duan Ling Tian shook his head and smiled.
He naturally was able to guess who the two people Xiao Yu was speaking of.
Su Clan, Su Li.
The young sword cultivator he and Xiao Yu had got to know at the Iron Blood Army’s Genius Camp when they were young, and who had later on entered the Imperial City’s Paladin Academy with them and became good friends with them.
But unfortunately, destiny makes a fool of people, causing Su Li to be forced to have to leave in the end, and there was no news of him until now.
But one thing could be confirmed, before Su Li left, he did indeed far surpass Xiao Yu in both strength and natural talent.
As for the Duan Clan, Duan Ling Tian naturally was able to guess that Xiao Yu was talking about him.
The unsightly expression of the Duan Clan’s Patriarch, Duan Ru Huo, eased up, then he glanced at Duan Ling Tian and he emitted a wisp of a smile.
‘Right, my Duan Clan’s young genius isn’t inferior to the disciples of any clan.’
He believed that even if it was those great clans of the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom, they might not possess a young genius that could compare to Duan Ling Tian’s natural talent in the Martial Dao.
A bitter smile appeared on the corners of the Su Clan’s Patriarch, Su Bo Ya’s, mouth.
He was naturally able to guess that the young genius of the Su Clan that Xiao Yu spoke of was Su Li, but… ‘Could Su Li still be considered to be a disciple of the Su Clan?’
He couldn’t help but sigh with emotion in his heart.
"Then I’ll wait and see!" The Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador glanced indifferently at Xiao Yu, then he looked at the other young man. "Ha Yi, go experience the ability of this Brother Xiao Yu… Hmm, remember to hold back, don’t cripple him by accident."
Duan Ling Tian frowned slightly.
The Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador had said the word crippled with emphasis, and his ulterior motive could be seen from this.
"Yes, Lord Ambassador." Ha Yi who was called upon by the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador was precisely the young man that had argued with Zha Mu earlier, and he who possessed a robust figure walked out in large strides that gave others a type of shapeless pressure.
Duan Ling Tian’s eyes slightly squinted when he saw Xiao Yu itching to have a try, and his Spiritual Force swept out to envelop Ha Yi.
Ninth level Origin Core Stage!
Duan Ling Tian confirmed Ha Yi’s cultivation at the first possible moment.
"Brother Xiao Yu, I’m extremely happy that you defeated Zha Mu… If it was at a normal time, I’d surely drink a few cups of wine with you. But, now that the Lord Ambassador has spoken, I have no choice but to fight you." Ha Yi stood to confront Xiao Yu and grinned, his snow white teeth was set off by his dark skin to seem exceptionally conspicuous.
Xiao Yu glanced deeply at Ha Yi. "Since you’re so straightforward, then I’m not an insensible person as well… I admit defeat!"
Besides Duan Ling Tian, everyone present couldn’t help but be stunned when Xiao Yu said this.
They obviously had never imagined that Xiao Yu would make such a decision.
They were extremely bewildered.
A moment ago, Xiao Yu had an expression of being itching to try.
At this moment, how did he suddenly change so quickly?
Right when most of the people present still hadn’t recovered from their shock, Xiao Yu had already returned to the side of the Xiao Clan’s Patriarch…
When faced with the questions of the Xiao Clan’s Patriarch, Xiao Yu replied via voice transmission. "Patriarch, this Sun Ascent Kingdom’s Ha Yi is a ninth level Origin Core Stage martial artist."
The Xiao Clan’s Patriarch’s face went grim when he heard this.
"Haha… I thought the young geniuses of the Crimson Sky Kingdom were extraordinary, but I never expected that they were only people that ran away in the face of battle!" The Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador’s face sank when he saw Xiao Yu admit defeat and he couldn’t help but mock.
"I know my own limitations, I’m not a match for a ninth level Origin Core Stage martial artist." Xiao Yu glanced deeply at Ha Yi before speaking slowly.
"You… How did you know?!" Ha Yi’s face went grim and he was slightly moved.
He knew that he’d never fought since arriving at the Crimson Sky Kingdom, and logically speaking, there ought to be no one that knew of his true cultivation…
Now that it was revealed by Xiao Yu, he just couldn’t wrap his head around it no matter how he thought.
The face of the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador sank and he glared at Ha Yi while saying via voice transmission, "Ha Yi, you were there when I taught Ge Lu a lesson for revealing his first level Nascent Soul Stage cultivation beforehand… I warned you repeatedly to not reveal your cultivation before today, yet this is what you promised me?"
Obviously, as far as the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador was concerned, it was surely Ha Yi who’d exposed his cultivation beforehand. Otherwise, it would be impossible for the people of the Crimson Sky Kingdom to find out about Ha Yi’s cultivation.
"Lord Ambassador, I… I never fought since I arrived at the Crimson Sky Kingdom, I’ve never revealed my cultivation…" Ha Yi replied via voice transmission with a tone filled with grievance.
Ninth level of the Origin Core Stage!
Xiao Yu’s words had already caused everyone from the Crimson Sky Kingdom to be greatly shocked, and when they noticed the unsightly expression of the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador, they completely confirmed it.
It would seem that the second person from the Sun Ascent Kingdom was a ninth level Origin Core Stage martial artist!
Instantly, the disciples from the three great clans that were itching to try went pale, and their butts that had just been raised sat down once again, not daring to make a rash move again.
What a joke!
A ninth level Origin Core Stage martial artist was utterly not something they could go against.
Now, they felt slightly lucky.
Lucky that Xiao Yu exposed Ha Yi’s cultivation, otherwise, they would surely come to no good end.
Duan Ling Tian looked at this scene before him with a calm expression.
The reason Xiao Yu had admitted defeat was entirely because he’d just notified Xiao Yu of Ha Yi’s exact cultivation via voice transmission…
Xiao Yu trusted Duan Ling Tian exceptionally, and he didn’t doubt Duan Ling Tian’s words in the slightest and directly admitted defeat.
This caused the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassadors plan to teach Xiao Yu a lesson to fail.
"Ninth level Origin Core Stage…" For a time, the gazes of the members of the Crimson Sky Kingdom’s three great clans had all descended in unison onto Nie Fen who was at the Divine Might Marquis Estate’s banquet table.
Nie Fen, the Junior Marquis of the Divine Might Marquis Estate possessed a cultivation at the ninth level of the Origin Core Stage.
As far as they were concerned, amongst the young geniuses of the Crimson Sky Kingdom that were present, it would probably only be Duan Ling Tian and Nie Fen who possessed the strength to go against Ha Yi.
Subconsciously, they’d taken Duan Ling Tian to be their last trump card.
After all, there was still another first level Nascent Soul Stage young geniuses of the Sun Ascent Kingdom that hadn’t made a move yet.
Before today, they even thought that the Crimson Sky Kingdom would lose for sure.
But since the instant earlier that they saw Duan Ling Tian, they seemed to have seen a light, a ray of hope…
As far as they were concerned, Duan Ling Tian had left the Crimson Sky Kingdom for a few years to head to the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom and had joined one of those formidable sects, so his current strength would surely be even stronger.
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