Chapter 896: “The Boy who Cried Wolf”
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
After Tian Zhen was defeated, his face turned gloomy instantly.
He knew very well what this defeat meant.
In the distance, Tian Gu, the Peak Master of Earth Peak, looked a little disappointed as he sighed, “Looks like we from Earth Peak is destined to be at the bottom this time.”
Although currently, it was only at the Battle of the Five Peak’s individual battle stage and not at the team battle stage yet, generally speaking, whichever Peak that could get an advantageous position in the individual battle stage usually meant that the result of the Peak’s team battle would be pretty good as well.
Tian Zhen retreated with a glum face.
As for Tan Huan, she livelily and cheerfully returned to stand beside Yu Fang, the Peak Master of Water Peak.
“Good job, Huan’er.” A gentle smile appeared on Yu Fang’s face. She was very satisfied with Tan Huan’s performance although her target earlier was the third place.
However, ever since Huang Daniu from Wood Peak had displayed his astonishing strength, and there was still Duan Ling Tian who was the final trump card of Wood Peak, she had already discarded this goal.
Duan Ling Tian!
Yu Fang’s gaze immediately landed on that purple figure in the distance.
The rest of the crowd also shifted their gazes towards Duan Ling Tian.
At this moment, it was his turn to issue a challenge.
Duan Ling Tian remained calm even when he sensed the gazes that were directed at him. He flew forward and arrived at the empty space in front of him in just a blink of an eye.
His gaze immediately locked onto Nangong Yi.
“This Duan Ling Tian wants to challenge Senior Brother Yi?” Many of the Five Element Sect’s disciples who followed Duan Ling Yian’s gaze was instantly stunned and bewildered.
They knew about Nangong Yi’s strength.
Even if Huang Daniu from Wood Peak had borrowed the Earth Energy, he was still not his opponent at all.
“Nangong Yi!” Under the watchful eyes of the others, Duan Ling Tian named the person he was going to challenge.
Nangong Yi did not find it strange at all having his name called out by Duan Ling Tian. He flew forward and stood in front of Duan Ling Tian.
“Wow, he really wants to challenge Senior Brother Yi!”
“He’s Wood Peak’s trump card so does that mean that he really has some tricks up his sleeves?”
“Peak Master Qi Yu from Wood Peak grabbed the Number 5 and 6 papers. Since he let Huang Daniu make the first move, I guess he has the intention to use Duan Ling Tian as the strongest trump card of Wood Peak.”
“I think this Duan Ling Tian must have some tricks up his sleeves… Still, it’s not an easy task to defeat Senior Brother Yi.”
Each and every of the Five Element Sect’s disciples shifted their gazes towards Duan Ling Tian. They were all extremely curious — from the bottom of their heart — about this Wood Peak’s trump card.
“Although Nangong Chen said that I’m not a match to you, I still want to give it a try,” Nangong Yi who was standing before Duan Ling Tian finally opened his mouth. The moment he opened his mouth, it struck everybody dumb, apart from Guo Chong, the Sect Leader of Five Element Sect, Nangong Chen and few other people from Wood Peak.
“S-Senior Brother Chen said Senior Brother Yi is not a match for Duan Ling Tian?”
“How’s this possible?!”
Many Five Element Sect’s disciples could not believe their ears.
“This Duan Ling Tian appears to be much younger than Senior Brother Yi… How can he defeat Senior Brother Yi?” Many Five Element Sect’s disciples voiced out their suspicions.
“After you.” Duan Ling Tian nodded. His face remained unchanged even after he heard Nangong Yi’s words.
When Nangong Yi heard this, he replied with a smile before turning serious.
In the next moment, he stepped out in the air. At the same time, the Origin Energy in his body bubbled up and transformed into waves of turquoise blue energy that swept out instantly.
It made him look like a huge sea monster when the turquoise blue energy engulfed him. He rushed towards Duan Ling Tian in a fury.
Instantly, 190 silhouettes of ancient horned dragons appeared in the sky in an imposing manner.
Faced with Nangong Yi who was bearing down on him menacingly, Duan Ling Tian did not dare to slack at all. A dark light flickered in his eyes as he directly used his most powerful technique — Soul Skill.
An Illusory Space immediately solidified into form, and it shrouded an area of 100 meters wide.
“It’s here!” Tian Gu’s, the Peak Master of Earth Peak, gaze turned intense instantly. It was as if he had long guessed that this scene would eventually take place.
When Nangong Yi was close to Duan Ling Tian, his fist that contained the vast turquoise blue energy pounced out like a huge sea monster that smacked out its gigantic claws at Duan Ling Tian.
Under the watchful eyes of the public, Duan Ling Tian casually stepped aside as if he had already known that this would happen. He was not particularly fast either when he dodged Nangong Yi’s attack.
It was as if he had arranged this beforehand with Nangong Yi.
Only those who knew about Duan Ling Tian’s ‘background’ knew that all of these were created by the illusions that Duan Ling Tian controlled.
“That Duan Ling Tian has already dodged so why is Senior Brother Yi still charging forward and slashing at thin air?”
“Why does this scene looks kind of familiar?”
“Before the Battle of the Five Peaks took place, didn’t this similar situation appear as well when Senior Brother Hu Fei from Fire Peak tried to attack Duan Ling Tian?”
“Wasn’t that some external force?”
Many of them found this situation familiar. It was exactly identical to the situation earlier when Hu Fei was trying to attack Duan Ling Tian. After his attack fell through, he did not continue to pursue Duan Ling Tian anymore.
“It’s external force!” Hu Fei who had regained his consciousness and finally recovered with Cha Bai’s, the Peak Master of Fire Peak, help, had a change in his expression when he saw this scene.
The moment Cha Bai heard his remarks, his eyes lit up immediately.
He instantly looked over towards Guo Chong and announced in a loud voice, “Sect Leader, this Duan Ling Tian is using some external force! According to the Battle of the Five Peaks’ rules in our Five Element Sect, we must disqualify him from participating in this battle!”
The instance Cha Bai’s words left his mouth, it attracted the attention of many Five Element Sect’s disciples.
“Seems like my eyesight’s pretty good! I can see that Duan Ling Tian is using external force.”
“Oh, please! Wasn’t I the one who reminded you in the first place earlier?”
The scene instantly became very lively. Many of them thought that Duan Ling Tian would be disqualified.
At this moment, Duan Ling Tian had only just engaged Nangong Yi in the battle.
He was brushing against Nangong Yi’s bubbling turquoise blue energy. Part of the soft yet vast turquoise blue energy entered his body unrelentingly.
That was the residual force of Nangong Yi’s mighty punch that was being used by Duan Ling Tian.
As for why he wanted to use that, well, it was undoubtedly just like how it was when he borrowed Qi Feng’s energy to catalyze the tyrannical medicinal efficacy of the Rebirth Pill during the Martial Competition of the Ten Dynasties so that he could forcefully make a breakthrough.
This time, Duan Ling Tian wanted to play the same old trick and borrow Nangong Yi’s energy to help himself complete the breakthrough.
Naturally, he did not dare to directly face Nangong Yi with his current strength.
Otherwise, with Nangong Yi’s strength that was equal to the strength of 190 ancient horned dragons, he could easily inflict heavy injuries on Duan Ling Tian, let alone borrowing his energy to help him with his breakthrough.
If Duan Ling Tian exerted all of his strength, even with the use of the three other low-grade Concept, his entire strength only amounted to 130 ancient horned dragons without the help of a spirit weapon.
His strength was completely not at the same level with Nangong Yi’s. For this reason, he could only outwit him.
He evaded the crux of Nangong Yi’s attack and brushed across his attack instead so that Nangong Yi’s residual force from his attack would enter his own body and help him with the breakthrough.
Now, he was just a step away from entering the Seventh Level Void Interpretation!
As long as his cultivation base was raised to the Seventh Level Void Interpretation, his Spiritual Energy would also be raised up to the Eighth Level Void Interpretation.
At that time, it would be easy for him to defeat Nangong Chen.
This was because Nangong Chen was an Inscription Master as well. Moreover, their Spiritual Energies were also at the same level, which was the Seventh Level Void Interpretation. For this reason, his Soul Skill would have no effect on Nangong Chen.
However, if his Spiritual Energy could be raised up to the Eighth Level Void Interpretation, Nangong Chen would not be able to shake his Spiritual Energy and destroy the Illusory Space that was created by his Soul Skill even if Nangong Chen was an Inscription Master.
Once Nangong Chen was trapped in his Illusory Space, he would definitely be like meat on his chopping board.
However, fantasies would always be beautiful, and realities would always be cruel.
No matter how Duan Ling Tian borrowed Nangong Yi’s energy — to the extent that his meridians had reached the point of almost collapsing — the Rebirth Pill still remained completely unmoved.
“It appears that because I’ve used the same method to mobilize the overbearing medicinal power of this Rebirth Pill before, this pill seems to have adapted to it and no longer has any sense of crisis.” Duan Ling Tian smiled bitterly.
This had the same principle with the story, ‘The boy who cried wolf’.
He could fool them once or twice. However, nobody would be fooled the third time.
“Sect Leader, Duan Ling Tian from Wood Peak is borrowing some external force… I, Cha Bai, the Peak Master of Fire Peak, request for him to be disqualified from participating in the Battle of the Five Peaks immediately!” Cha Bai, the Peak Master of Fire Peak, repeated once again on top of his lungs when he saw that Guo Chong had remained aloof.
When he finished the whole sentence, he noticed that Guo Chong still did not have any reaction. He could not help but turn a little furious, “You… You can’t favor him like this!”
The moment Cha Bai finished his words, all the spectators burst into an uproar.
Most of them had their gazes trained on Cha Bai.
Cha Bai, the Peak Master of Fire Peak, openly accused the Sect Leader of Five Element Sect of favoring a Wood Peak disciple.
Guo Chong finally had a reaction. He swept a glance towards Cha Bai apathetically. “Peak Master Cha Bai, Duan Ling Tian is not borrowing any external force at all… If you have any doubts about me, you can ask Peak Master Tian Gu about the validity of my words. He’s an Inscription Master so he can definitely tell if Duan Ling Tian is using external force.” By the time he reached the end of his words, hints of impatience could be heard in his voice.
Before Cha Bai could even open his mouth to ask, Tian Gu had already answered him, “Sect Leader is right. Duan Ling Tian is not using any external force… What he’s using is his own Spiritual Energy to cast a technique that’s similar to the Soul Skill to create an illusion that can affect Nangong Yi.”
Actually, Cha Bai had already sensed that what Guo Chong said was true even if Tian Gu did not explain.
This was because Guo Chong had absolutely no reason to help Duan Ling Tian at all.
After all, Duan Ling Tian was in the midst of a match against Guo Chong’s direct disciple, Nangong Yi. Once Duan Ling Tian won, the person who lost would be Guo Chong himself, the Sect Leader of the Five Element Sect who was in charge of Gold Peak.
The moment Tian Gu ended his explanation, all hell broke loose among the crowd of people.
“Isn’t that a technique that only a unique Demon beast can use?”
“Unless that human martial artist is a Martial Emperor, it’s impossible for anyone to use Spiritual Energy to fight against an enemy.”
“Don’t tell me that Duan Ling Tian is actually a Demon?”
Many of the Five Element Sect’s disciples continued to discuss animatedly as the whole scene boiled with intensity.
“Duan Ling Tian is not a Demon!” When Tian Gu saw the Five Element Sect’s disciples speculating that Duan Ling Tian was a demon, he continued to say, “Based on my speculation, Duan Ling Tian should be a Variant. The technique that he cast was a unique innate ability!”
The second Tian Gu’s words left his mouth, the entire scene became deadly silent.
“Innate ability? A Variant?” Cha Bai’s eyes narrowed as horror dawned on his face instantly.