Chapter 1532: On The Verge of Life and Death
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
“What a high-sounding sentiment!” Just as Duan Ling Tian’s words left his mouth, a thunderous sound resonated in the distance.
The sound exploded by their ear and caused Feng Wu Dao and the others to turn pale right away.
The reason they turned pale was not the sudden appearance of the voice but because this voice was not unfamiliar to them.
The Moon Illumination Sect turned out like this all because of this person.
“And I was wondering why would these people return after they’ve fled away. It looks like they’re waiting for you… In that case, you must be the new Master of Half Moon Island, that Duan Ling Tian of that Ling Tian Sect or something?” The voice resonated again as a figure emerged from the secluded and quiet valley.
A sturdy, middle-aged man in golden robes who resembled like an iron tower hovered in the sky and looked down at Duan Ling Tian in an inspecting manner with an aloof face.
Right at this moment, Duan Ling Tian could feel an unstoppable Spiritual Energy sweep out and shroud his entire being in just the blink of an eye, making him feel as though he was being pried.
At that instant, he felt that he no longer had any secrets in front of this golden-robed man.
“Your strength is indeed much powerful than theirs, but you’re still merely on the Perfection Saint Rudiment Stage. Just you alone and you dare to boast shamelessly that you’ll get even with me and the dragon clan?” The golden-robed man was Di Jue, the Five-clawed Golden Dragon. As he studied Duan Ling Tian mockingly, from what he had just said, it was as though he had just heard the greatest joke in the world.
“You’re Di Jue?” Duan Ling Tian’s expression turned grave as he stared at the golden-robed man in front of him and he could guess his identity right away.
The fact that he was able to see through his cultivation base meant that Di Jue must be on the Saint Stage and above. Furthermore, he seemed to be an adult Five-clawed Golden Dragon.
“That’s right! I’m Di Jue, the person who destroyed Half Moon Island! Don’t you want to get even with me? I’m standing right here in front of you right now. I’m really curious as to how you want to do just that!” Staring at Duan Ling Tian, the jeering on Di Jue’s face became even more apparent.
Duan Ling Tian’s face turned even glummer. Di Jue’s words made him wish that he could sink into the ground out of shame.
The things that he had said about wanting to get even with Di Jue and the dragon clan did not apply right there and then.
He had not reached such a level of overestimating himself and he did not think that he would be able to defeat Di Jue and the dragon clan now.
“Oh?” Suddenly, Di Jue who was staring at Duan Ling Tian suddenly transformed into a grave expression and he snarled as he asked loudly, “Duan Ling Tian, why do you have my son’s aura on you?”
“Your son?” Duan Ling Tian was stunned.
“Stop acting dumb! My son is Di Yong, the former Island Master of Half Moon Island,” Di Jue snorted coldly.
Upon hearing Di Jue’s words, Duan Ling Tian had also begun to piece the puzzles together.
So, it turned out that Di Jue was actually Di Yong’s father.
As for why he would come all the way here, it must be because he already knew about the fact that Di Yong had been killed. He could roughly guess that Di Jue must have Di Yong’s Soul Pearl with him.
Now that Di Yong was dead, of course, Di Jue would find out about it.
“So, you’re actually Di Yong’s father?” At that instant, Duan Ling Tian’s face regained its calmness and he continued nonchalantly, “That time, Di Yong told me that he wanted to go to the Dao Martial Saint Land, so he passed the Half Moon Island to me. On top of that, as a reward, he also gave me a drop of his blood essence. Perhaps this is the reason you sense his aura on me.”
When Duan Ling Tian reached the end of his sentence, he remained calm. No joy or anger could be seen on his face at all.
“My son’s blood essence? No wonder… No wonder…” Di Jue nodded and when he looked at Duan Ling Tian once again, the murderous intent gleamed coldly out of his eyes. “I’ve already heard many people mention the things that you told me. If it hadn’t been for the fact that it’s impossible for my son to leave Half Moon Island and go to the Dao Martial Saint Land on top of that, I’d most likely have been deceived by all of you.”
When Di Jue reached the end of his sentence, he smirked.
“Impossible? There’s nothing impossible in this world,” Duan Ling Tian answered indifferently.
“Perhaps you have no idea, but that time, I made Di Jue swear by the thunder penalty oath that before his cultivation base has broken through to the Saint Stage, he’s not allowed to leave Half Moon Island, let alone the Dao Martial Saint Land,” Di Jue snorted with a face that seemed to say “cut the bullsh*t”.
The moment Duan Ling Tian heard that, his heart could not help but leap right away.
Di Yong had actually made such an oath before?
Duan Ling Tian could kind of guess why Di Yong had been able to leave Half Moon Island safely after his body was possessed and hijacked by a soul.
It was because Di Yong’s soul had changed.
The thunder penalty oath recognized the soul of the person who took the oath and not the body.
“Even though I have no idea how you managed to get my son’s blood essence, I’m very sure now that you must have something to do with my son’s death!” The gaze that Di Jue looked at Duan Ling Tian with became even colder. It was so cold that it made him feel as though he had entered a thaw hole.
“Tell me how did my son die? If you tell me the truth and swear on the thunder penalty oath, then I’ll let everyone else here go except for you.” When Di Jue spoke, his gaze swept past Ke’er who was by Duan Ling Tian’s side. He also noticed Feng Wu Dao, Sima, and the rest.
At once, Feng Wu Dao and the rest put up their guard as though they were facing a mortal enemy.
“Duan Ling Tian, ignore him! Casting aside the fact that whether his words are true or not, even if he really is willing to let us go because of this, I don’t know about the rest, but I’ll never be able to live peacefully for the remaining of my life anymore!” Somehow, Chen Shao Shuai shouted out loudly and went to stand beside Duan Ling Tian in just the blink of an eye. With a raise of his hand, a three-foot spear appeared in his hand and he pointed it at Di Jue.
Feng Wu Dao took a stride forward. Standing by Duan Ling Tian’s side, he announced magnanimously, “Ling Tian boy, even though there’s nobody who wouldn’t fear death, I, Feng Wu Dao, will be willing to accompany you to the next world today.”
Even though Sima did not say anything, his action also showed that he undoubtedly had the same determination as Feng Wu Dao.
Then, be it Xiong Quan, Gold Thug, or the two Nangong twins, all of them were also standing by Duan Ling Tian’s side, choosing to meet the same fate as Duan Ling Tian. They could not just watch Duan Ling Tian die while they lived on just like that.
At once, only Luo Ping was left there, not knowing what to choose.
Despite the fact that she did not want to betray Duan Ling Tian, she felt terrified from the bottom of her heart in the face of the superior Di Jue who was so powerful.
If it was possible, she hoped that she would be able to live.
“How touching… But it seems like there’s somebody who wishes for you to die so that she survives alone.” Di Jue shifted his gaze to Luo Ping and caused her to raise up her guard right away
Duan Ling Tian felt warmth swell from the bottom of his heart towards Feng Wu Dao, Sima, Chen Shao Shuai and the rest of the group. As for Luo Ping’s indecisiveness, he did not blame her although he felt a little disappointed.
After all, even he was on the verge of life and death for that matter today.
“Huh?” Suddenly, Duan Ling Tian noticed that Ke’er’s delicate hand had somehow gripped onto his hand tightly. Her grip was so tight that it was obvious that she wanted to live and die together with him.
What more could he ask for to have a wife like this?
Duan Ling Tian’s gaze was overcome with tenderness. However, after the tenderness appeared, an intense look of determination replaced it next.
Along with the loud blast that reverberated in the air, Luo Ping suddenly exploded and turned into nothingness even though Di Jue did not seem to move an inch at all. Not a drop of blood could even be seen as though she had completely vanished from the world.
The technique that Di Jue cast made Duan Ling Tian’s mood turn even worse.
He was simply too powerful!
Di Jue’s strength elicited a sense of helplessness from the bottom of his heart. He also found it hard to summon the strength to go against Di Jue now.
He was completely sure that Di Jue would be able to annihilate everyone, including him, with just a raise of his hand if he wanted to.
“I’ve helped you settle the person who was not loyal to you. Don’t you think you should thank me?” Di Jue looked at Duan Ling Tian in the eyes and asked nonchalantly.
Though his tone was calm, it contained a murderous intent, giving the others chills.
However, Duan Ling Tian had no intention to thank at Di Jue at all. Instead, he changed the topic and asked indifferently, “Is what you said just now real?”
“Of course, it’s real.” Di Jue realized what Duan Ling Tian was asking and his eyes lit up right away before he continued nonchalantly, “They’re merely ants to me, so their life and death have no effect on me at all.”
“Who knows whether you might go against your words?” Duan Ling Tian snorted.
“If I wanted to kill them, I’d have already done that long ago when they returned to Half Moon Island again,” Di Jue defied.
This was indeed true. If he had really wanted to kill Ke’er and the rest, they would not have been able to live up until now.
However, Duan Ling Tian did not fall for it and merely said, “Do you dare say that you have no other reason to keep them alive?”
“What do you want then?” Di Jue frowned and asked in an unfriendly tone.
“Swear on the thunder penalty oath too and do what you said just now — that you won’t go against them in any way if I go along with you,” Duan Ling Tian replied.
“Boy, you’re the first person who dares to make me, Di Jue, swear on the thunder penalty oath,” Di Jue snorted coldly
“Well, it’s up to you then whether you want to know the cause of your son’s death or not,” Duan Ling Tian answered indifferently.
“As I suspected! You know!” Di Jue’s gaze turned colder. If it was not for the fact that he wanted to know the cause of his son’s death, he would have already made his move now and kill Duan Ling Tian directly.
At this moment, Ke’er and the rest started to realize what Duan Ling Tian intended to do.
Duan Ling Tian wanted to sacrifice himself to save their lives.
“Young Master, I will die together with you! If you die, I won’t be able to live alone!” Ke’er’s hand that was gripping on Duan Ling Tian’s hand became even stronger. Her tone was absolute.
“Ling Tian boy, none of the people standing beside you now are scared of death. Although he is indeed powerful, there’s no way that he’d be able to make us agree to it!” Feng Wu Dao chimed in too.
Sima and the rest each piped in one after another as well.
“Everyone, I’ve already made my decision, so we’ll stick to it… of course, on the premise that he must make his thunder penalty oath first.” When Duan Ling Tian reached the end of his sentence, he looked at Di Jue expectantly.
“Hmph!” Di Jue whose face was extremely grave finally chose to go along with it and swore by the thunder penalty oath in front of everyone.
“Boy, so tell me now!” After Di Jue had sworn the oath, he glared at Duan Ling Tian coldly and asked in a deep voice.