Chapter 889: Ten Pieces of Paper
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
The moment Tian Zhen heard this word, his eyes narrowed instantly. Astonishment crept up his face.
Naturally, he had heard of the word ‘Variant’ before.
It was either mediocre or overwhelming.
“Innate ability… The power he displays is a type of innate ability!” Tian Zhen stared at Tian Gu. A deep sense of dread could be seen in his eyes as he exclaimed in surprise with his Voice Transmission.
“This is the only plausible explanation,” Tian Gu nodded. His face was extremely glum.
After all, a person who was neither a demon nor a Martial Emperor that could use his Spiritual Energy to cast a skill similar to the Soul Skill could only be a Variant.
It would never cross Tian Gu’s mind that the reason Duan Ling Tian was able to create an Illusory Space with his Spiritual Energy was not because he was a Variant or something. Instead, it was because he had inherited a Soul Brand in the depth of his soul.
That Soul Brand was created by an Inscription Master.
Although that Inscription Master did not have a particularly impressive cultivation base, his perseverance in the Inscription Field had always been very terrifying.
This could be clearly seen from the Soul Brand that he had managed to research.
“Father, I’ll give it my all!” After learning about Duan Ling Tian’s background, Tian Zhen gave up on the idea of competing with Wood Peak. His attention was now fully focused on the girl who was standing in the distance.
Tan Huan from Water Peak.
He must win against her for the sake of Earth Peak!
“Two young representatives from every Peak?” Duan Ling Tian could not help but feel shocked after learning of the Battle of the Five Peaks’ rules from Qi Yu, the Peak Master of Wood Peak.
In the Battle of the Five Peaks, all five Peaks from the Five Element Sect would send out two representatives each.
Both representatives must be a disciple of the younger generation.
“The representatives for our Wood Peak would be you and Daniu… Work hard, alright!” Yang Ling smiled as he encouraged Duan Ling Tian and Huang Daniu.
“Don’t worry, Elder Yang. Duan Ling Tian and I will get first place for the sake of Wood Peak in this Battle of the Five Peaks! We’ll bring Wood Peak to the top of the Battle of the Five Peaks!” Huang Daniu proclaimed confidently as he waved his fist around.
Of course, the reason why he dared to make such a claim was because of the faith he had in Duan Ling Tian.
Due to this, he had faith that they would be able to help Wood Peak to get first place in the Battle of the Five Peaks.
Duan Ling Tian shook his head. Naturally, he could guess what was in Huang Daniu’s mind. However, in his opinion, he thought that Huang Daniu had underestimated the Gold Peak a little too much.
After all, even he did not have complete confidence in getting the first place.
He was very certain that the Nangong Twins would be the representative for Gold Peak. He was not really scared of Nangong Yi, but Nangong Chen, on the other hand, was a different story.
After all, just like him, Nangong Chen was an Inscription Master as well.
Perhaps Nangong Chen might not be as good as he was in the attainments of the Inscription Field. However, as an Inscription Master, Nangong Chen could move his Spiritual Energy freely as well.
Coupled with the fact that the level of Nangong Chen’s Spiritual Energy was on par with his own Spiritual Energy, his Soul Skill, Thousand Illusions, would not affect him at all.
“No need for first place… It’s already good enough if you can get second place.” Shaking his head, Qi Yu looked at Duan Ling Tian and smiled, “Don’t you think so, Duan Ling Tian?”
“I’ll do my best!” Duan Ling Tian replied earnestly.
“I have faith in you,” Qi Yu nodded his head.
Gold Peak, where the Five Element Sect Sect Leader, Guo Chong, was at.
Now, there were two extra figures standing beside him. Two young men who looked identical to each other, twins — one was wearing red while the other wore green.
They were none other than Nangong Chen and Nangong Yi.
The two of them were the direct disciples of Guo Chong, and they were also the only disciples of his.
Be it Nangong Chen or Nangong Yi, both of them were geniuses who were extremely gifted in Martial Dao. Although they were only slightly over their thirties, they were already the leader among the younger generation in the Five Element Sect.
“There’s no problem?” Guo Chong suddenly opened his mouth. It was apparent that he was asking the two disciples beside him.
“He’s no match for Duan Ling Tian.” To their surprise, this time, the person who answered first was not Nangong Yi but Nangong Chen who usually wore a cold expression.
When he was answering Guo Chong’s question, it was obvious that Nangong Chen’s usual cold face had kind of eased a little.
“Oh?” A gleam flashed across Guo Chong’s eyes. Curiously, he asked, “Why do you say so?”
“Master, that Duan Ling Tian is a little monster. Based on mine and younge…” Just as Nangong Yi wanted to say the word ‘younger brother’, he immediately sensed the sharp cold glare that Nangong Chen shot him. At once, he could only gulp the word ‘brother’ down.
After gulping down the word, he continued to go on, “Well, based on his and my observation, we suspect that Duan Ling Tian is a Variant!”
The moment Nangong Yi finished his sentence, Guo Chong eyes narrowed immediately. His face was in shock, and he was appalled.
As the Sect Leader of the Five Element Sect, he naturally knew what the word ‘Variant’ meant…
Variant. It was either mediocre or heaven-defying.
— and apparently, Duan Ling Tian was not the former.
“What makes you think that he’s a Variant?” Guo Chong asked.
Nangong Yi inhaled deeply and told them everything that he found out.
Naturally, the thing that he told them was the incident where Hu Fei was tricked by Duan Ling Tian.
After Guo Chong was done listening to the entire story, he stared at Nangong Chen glumly.
Although he had noticed Hu Fei’s weird antic when he first arrived, after that he kept hearing Hu Fei mumbling about some ‘external force’ so he thought Duan Ling Tian and the rest had used some external force on him.
It had never crossed his mind that it was not external forces at all, it turned out to be Duan Ling Tian’s Variant’s innate ability after all.
“Yes,” Nangong Chen nodded his head hard. He was extremely sure about it.
Guo Chong took a deep breath. He knew this disciple of his through and through. He would never nod his head if he was not fully confident.
“What level is his Spiritual Energy?” Guo Chong continued to ask.
“Not in any way inferior to mine,” Nangong Chen replied truthfully.
“Seventh Level Void Interpretation?” Guo Chong narrowed his eyes as he was struck dumb with astonishment. “No wonder you said Yi’er is not his match… Looks like he must have kept his cultivation base hidden, or he had taken some spirit fruit that could help enhance his soul.”
As the Sect Leader of the Five Element Sect, Guo Chong was a man who had traveled far and seen a great deal. In just a split second, he could already guess many things.
“Chen’er, what’re the chances of you defeating him?” Guo Chong asked.
After a moment of silence, Nangong Chen finally replied, “90%.”
“Not 100%?” Guo Chong frowned.
No matter how many years had passed, Gold Peak had always been the first Peak in the Five Element Sect. Its status had never once wavered.
However, today, if the Gold Peak lost to Wood Peak, the legacy that the Gold Peak had shaped since the forming of the Five Element Sect would be destroyed.
This was not something he wanted to see.
“No,” Nangong Chen shook his head, his cold piercing gaze was staring at the purple figure in the distance, “He gives me a very dangerous feeling… I’m not sure if he can pull off a miracle.”
Guo Chong frowned the moment he heard his word. However, he eased up again in a flash. A calm smile appeared on his face, “Yeah, that’s true… He’s a Variant after all.”
A Variant, especially those variants that had an innate ability, was also known as God’s Favourite in the Cloud Continent.
In the history of the Five Element Sect, there had never been a Variant before.
And right now, when he, Guo Chong, was ruling the Five Element Sect, a Variant had suddenly decided to appear. Just this alone would let all the later generations in the Five Element Sect remember him forever.
At that time, they would say, “Back then, we had a Sect Leader whose name was Guo Chong in the Five Element Sect. During the generation when he was in a ruling position, a Variant who possessed innate ability appeared in the sect.”
The Peak Master of Fire Peak, Cha Bai, had a glum look on his face. His eyes that were staring at the few people in Fire Peak were burning with an extreme fiery wrath. It was like a fire that could burn everything down.
To him, having his own direct disciple being humiliated like that was a shame! A true undisguised shame!
“Duan Ling Tian, Huang Daniu! As long as you dare to battle it out with me, even if I can’t kill you, I’ll make sure to cripple the two of you completely! It’s only through this way that I can eliminate the abhorrence in my, Hu Fei, heart!”
In Hu Fei’s eyes, there was nobody but the two young men left in this world. His eyes that were glaring at the two of them were crimson red, as if it was about to devour them.
“Huan’er, you’ve already made a breakthrough to the Sixth Level Void Interpretation. I think there should be no problem for you to defeat those two men from Wood Peak… However, I hope that you’ll be able to defeat Tian Zhen as well so Water Peak can continue being the Third Peak in the Five Element Sect,” the Peak Master of Water Peak, Yu Fang, spoke solemnly.
“Don’t worry, master. I’ll give my all!” Tan Huan nodded her head.
Today, other than the four young disciples from the Gold and Wood Peaks who were already in place, there were another three extra people other than Hu Fei, Tan Huan and Tian Zhen in Fire, Water and Earth Peak.
Soon, 30 minutes had gone by.
“The rules are as usual,” the Sect Leader of the Five Element Sect, Guo Chong, spoke slowly as he glanced around at the Peak Masters of the other Four Peaks.
Just as the Peak Masters of the four Peaks had their eyes focused, and all the Five Element Sect disciples in the surroundings were watching them intensely, Guo Chong suddenly made his move.
Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh!
As Guo Chong lifted his hand up, ten swift lights rose up into the sky and disappeared into the clouds within seconds.
“What’s going on?” Duan Ling Tian and Huang Daniu was confused. They just joined the Five Element Sect not long ago, and this was their first time experiencing the Battle of the Five Peaks. It was their first time witnessing such occasion.
“It’s ten pieces of paper… The numbers 1 to 10 are written on the paper, and ten young men from the five Peaks will battle it out separately based on the sequence written on top until the ranking is decided,” Chen Wei explained, “The Battle of the Five Peaks are divided into two stages — individual and team battle. This will be the first stage, individual battle.”
Duan Ling Tian finally understood.
Huang Daniu narrowed his eyes and exclaimed in shock, “Those are actually ten pieces of paper? My goodness! No wonder he’s the Sect Leader! What a horrifying strength! If he threw those papers at me, I don’t think I’ll be able to save myself!”
Contrary to Huang Daniu’s cries of surprise, Duan Ling Tian, on the other hand, had a calm look on his face.
Guo Chong, the Sect Leader of Five Element Sect, had a cultivation base that was most likely at the peak level of the Void.
For a master that had reached the peak of the Void, even a piece of paper would become a lethal weapon in his hands.
Whish! Whish! Whish! Whish! Whish!
At this time, the ten papers slowly fell from the sky. Their speed slowed down as they continued to spin.