Chapter 711: Ghost Flame
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Jay
In next to no time, the gazes of many Inscription Masters had descended in unison onto an old man on the first-class spectating area that belonged to the Feng Clan.
Elder Kong couldn’t help but be stunned when faced with the inquiries of these Inscription Masters via voice transmission.
“Brother Duan, did you rely on your Spiritual Force to execute some sort of skill earlier?” Actually, Elder Kong had noticed the Spiritual Force Duan Ling Tian enveloped Bai Hao with, but he didn’t know the specifics of what Duan Ling Tian had done.
He subconsciously felt that Bai Hao’s abnormality was related to Duan Ling Tian’s Spiritual Force.
As an Inscription Master at the Void Interpretation Stage, he himself had no way of executing any skill via Spiritual Force that could directly affect another.
So he felt that when something unusual happened, there was surely something strange going on, and the essence of the problem was Duan Ling Tian.
“More or less like Zi Shang, a secret technique I possess innately.” Duan Ling Tian didn’t hesitate in the slightest when Elder Kong’s voice transmission entered his ears, and he spoke of the excuse he’d prepared long ago.
Elder Kong was first stunned, and then he derided via voice transmission. “Do you think I would believe that?”
“Is it important whether you believe it or not?” Duan Ling Tian questioned in reply.
Right, is it important?
Presently, it was obvious that Duan Ling Tian was unwilling to speak about it, and if Duan Ling Tian didn’t spear about it, it would be utterly impossible for him to know the truth.
But Elder Kong didn’t continue trying to get to the bottom of it, and he instead replied those Inscription Masters one by one. “I know a little bit about this skill of Duan Ling Tian’s… It’s a secret technique he possesses innately.”
Elder Kong’s words caused the group of Inscription Masters to be stunned.
A secret technique again?
Moreover, it’s possessed innately as well?
For a time, all the Inscription Masters looked at each other and seemed to want to ask the other: “Do you believe it?”
But even if they didn’t believe it, they could do nothing, because they were utterly unable to explain exactly what skill had Duan Ling Tian utilized earlier.
“Demonic technique!” In the first-class spectating area belonging to the Imperial Family, unlike the dumbstruck expression of the Emperor, the black clothed old man, and Bai He, Zi Yan’s beautiful face went pale and her eyes were filled with terror.
She’d experienced Duan Ling Tian’s demonic technique herself and deeply knew of its terrors.
“Brother…” Zi Yan instantly looked at Zi Shang who stood in the distance sky, and said via voice transmission with slight worry, “Duan Ling Tian’s demonic technique is too terrifying! Prince Hao is actually completely helpless before him.”
“Yan, there’s no need to worry… Wasn’t Bai Hao similarly helpless before me a moment ago?” Zi Shang lightly shook his head and consoled Zi Yan via voice transmission with a tone filled with confidence.
Zi Yan recalled her older brother’s ability when she heard this, causing her to heave a sigh of relief, yet her beautiful eyes still revealed slight worry.
“Elder Ghost… You said that Duan Ling Tian executed a ‘soul skill’ earlier?” Zi Shang’s cold and indifferent gaze stared at Duan Ling Tian as his thoughts went straight into the depths of his mind, and he seemed to be communication with something.
“Yes.” The ghastly and aged voice sounded out abruptly within Zi Shang’s mind. “Even though I don’t know why a human kid like him is capable of executing a ‘soul skill’ that’s like a Spiritual Force attack before the Martial Emperor Stage… But I can be sure that he used a type of illusory realm soul skill to affect that Bai Hao, and that’s why he was capable of defeat Bai Hao in one go.”
“Illusory realm soul skill? What’s that?” Zi Shang was slightly shocked in his heart.
“An illusory realm soul skill is a soul skill that constructs an illusory space with Spiritual Force, and with a single thought, one is capable of sealing another within the illusory space to be at one’s mercy.” The ghastly and aged voice sounded out once more.
Zi Shang’s pupils constricted as he gasped in his heart. “In this way, when I carried out the ‘agreement of two years’ with him in the Seven Star Sword Sect that day, he utilized this illusory realm soul skill to cause me to be in such a sorry state… And he even caused the others to think that I’d gone mad!”
When he recalled the scene in the life and death arena at the peak of the Seven Star Sword Sect’s Dubhe Peak, Zi Shang’s expression darkened completely.
At that time, he thought that Duan Ling Tian had utilized some sort of demonic technique, yet never had he imagined that it would turn out to be a type of illusory realm soul skill.
“Elder Ghost.” Zi Shang’s tone contained slight fear. “Since Duan Ling Tian can execute such a terrifying soul skill, wouldn’t that mean that I’ll surely lose in the battle with him? I’m not resigned to losing!” As he finished speaking, Zi Shang had an unwilling expression.
“Hmph! Do you really think that an illusory realm soul skill can be invincible under the heavens?” The ghastly and aged voice grunted coldly, and then continued. “An illusory realm soul skill is only effective against another whose Spiritual Force is inferior to one’s own or another who possesses a similar Spiritual Force as oneself, and is an Inscription Master.”
“So long as you allow me to temporarily control your body, my incomplete soul will fuse into your soul… At that time, even though your Spiritual Force would be unable to compare to my peak strength, yet it would far surpass this kid’s second level Void Interpretation Stage Spiritual Force, and his soul skill would be utterly useless against you.” As he finished speaking, the ghastly and aged voice was filled with disdain.
Zi Shang was instantly overjoyed when he heard this. “Since it’s like this, then I’ll trouble Elder Ghost.”
“Remember your promise to me… Otherwise, I, Ghost Flame, will put my incomplete soul on the line to make you suffer! You ought to know that I have the ability.” Suddenly, the aged and ghastly voice’s tone change and threatened him.
“Yes, yes.” Zi Shang hurriedly replied without daring to dally in the slightest.
Even though the thing that was concealed within the depths of his mind it was only a strand of an incomplete soul that was unable to seize control of his body, yet this soul’s background and ability was something he knew clearly.
He knew that this was an extremely terrifying figure and a double sided blade in his hands.
If used wisely, it would kill a myriad of enemies, yet if misused, it would destroy him.
“Duan Ling Tian… Perhaps never in your dreams would you have imagined that your soul skill would be utterly useless before me, right? So long as Elder Ghost’s incomplete soul temporarily fuses with my soul and obtains temporary control of my body, my Spiritual Force will far surpass yours!” Zi Shang stared fixedly at Duan Ling Tian as a wisp of a cold smile appeared on the corners of his mouth.
At this moment, his heart that had risen to his throat because of seeing Duan Ling Tian execute the demonic technique one more had completely returned to its place, and he was completely unafraid.
“Duan Ling Tian, what did you do to me just now?” Bai Hao stared at Duan Ling Tian with a burning gaze as he asked with a low voice.
Along with Bai Hao’s question, besides the group of Void Interpretation Stage Inscription Masters including Elder Kong, everyone present including Feng Wu Dao had turned their gazes towards Duan Ling Tian in unison.
For a time, Duan Ling Tian had undoubtedly become the center of attention.
Duan Ling Tian was prepared since long ago, and he said unhurriedly, “My situation is similar to Zi Shang… I innately possess a type of secret technique!”
Duan Ling Tian’s words were like a stone that caused a thousand ripples, and it caused the spectators in the surroundings of the Cage Battle Arena to be in a complete uproar.
“A secret technique again?”
“He wouldn’t be deliberately deceiving everyone, right? When Zi Shang executed the secret technique, at least a flame brand would appear between his brows, and he would instantly possess a strength comparable to a Void Interpretation Stage expert. Whereas I was utterly unable to discern any clue when he executed his secret technique.”
“Could it be that his secret technique caused Bai Hao to instantly seem as if he’d gone mad?”
“It ought to be to cause Bai Hao to hallucinate! If it’s true, then this secret technique is too peculiar.”
Even though many people felt that these two types of secret techniques appeared one by one was truly too much of a coincidence, no one doubted Duan Ling Tian’s words.
After all, they were utterly unable to explain what had occurred earlier.
“Duan Ling Tian knows a secret technique as well? Moreover, it’s such a peculiar secret technique!”
“Looks like Duan Ling Tian still had the chance to compete for the first in the Dynasty Martial Competition with Zi Shang.”
The eyes of the group of young geniuses from the Darkstone Empire lit up.
Originally, they didn’t hold any hope for Duan Ling Tian to obtain first place in the Dynasty Martial Competition. After all, Zi Shang had relied on his secret technique and revealed a strength that caused them to shudder in fear.
Yet now, Duan Ling Tian had relied on a secret technique to execute a skill that caused them to feel shocked, so hope had once more arisen in their hearts, and they were once again filled with confidence in Duan Ling Tian.
“Secret technique?” Of course, many people doubted Duan Ling Tian’s explanation as well.
“Is it really such a coincidence? Imperial Uncle, do you believe it?” The Emperor asked the black clothed old man by his side.
The old man shook his head. “It’s impossible that it’s so coincidental… But we’re temporarily unable to explain why he was able to cause Bai Hao to hallucinate instantly.”
“Duan Ling Tian is too strange.” The Second Prince, Bai He, frowned as he said with a low voice, “If he really seized first place in the Dynasty Martial Competition today, then where would our Darkhan Dynasty’s Imperial Family put our face?”
“This doesn’t matter.” The Emperor seemed to be unaffected, and completely disregarded any resentment. “No matter who obtains first today, they’re the subjects of our Darkhan Dynasty, and they will represent our Darkhan Dynasty to participate in the Martial Competition of the Ten Dynasties one year from now.”
In the first-class spectating area that belonged to the Feng Clan.
“Big Brother Duan is so strong!” Feng Tian Wu returned to her seat while she looked at Duan Ling Tian with a gaze of admiration, and her beautiful eyes were filled with tender affection.
“Young Miss, has the betting for the battle between Duan Ling Tian and Zi Shang started? What are the odds?” Elder Kong seemed to be extremely interested in this.
“Hmph! The members of the Imperial Family underestimate Big Brother Duan too much… In the battle between Zi Shang and Big Brother Duan, Big Brother Duan’s rate is 1:3, yet Zi Shang’s rate is only 3:1.”
In other words, if a person bet Duan Ling Tian would win and placed a single low grade Origin Stone, then so long as Duan Ling Tian won, besides being able to obtain the Origin Stone placed as the bet, the person would be able to earn an extra three low grade Origin Stones.
On the other hand, if a person bet that Zi Shang would win and placed a bet of three low grade Origin Stones, then even if Zi Shang won, besides reclaiming the Origin Stones placed initially, the person would only be able to earn a single Origin Stone.
“Isn’t this very good? So long as Brother Duan wings, the almost 27,000 low grade Origin Stones you placed will be able to be multiplied by a few times.”
Elder Kong smiled and then stood up. “This old man wants to go place a bet for fun as well…”
“Elder Kong, how can you play around with Tian Wu and Ling Tian as well? Are you so confident in Ling Tian?” Feng Wu Dao shook his head.
“In any case, there, there aren’t many Origin Stones in my possession, so I’ll just take it as playing skipping stones with a few Origin Stones.” Elder Kong shrugged and spoke indifferently.
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