Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
Up in the fighting ring, Qin Qiao’s expression was ferocious. He was prepared to kill Qin Xiaoyou in one fell swoop. When his Inner Qi completely exploded without reserve, it was comparable to the pinnacle of the Qi Nucleation realm.
He naturally knew Bi Kuanhai and Huo Changxing would take action to stop him, so he was prepared. He did not give them any chances. Then, just as he was about to succeed, a formless golden silk thread, like a little snake, bizarrely appeared in front of Qin Qiao. It drilled into his brain in the blink of an eye.
Qin Qiao’s body suddenly shook, and his entire person stopped on the spot. He was staring into the air with dull eyes, seemingly having become a fool. The attack that he had prepared before immediately dissipated.
In contrast, the 12 Silver Serpent Freezing Pins that Qin Xiaoyou had sent out were unaffected. With whooshing sounds, they all shot into Qin Qiao’s body, penetrating straight through without any resistance.
Qin Qiao’s body went stiff, and a layer of frost immediately covered him. The next moment, cracking sounds could be heard. His figure shattered into pieces, becoming a pile of ice debris on the ground. The Silver Serpent Freezing Pins’ chill was shocking. Once it penetrated the body, even a Qi Nucleation realm ancient martial art practitioner could not block it.
Qin Xiaoyou was slightly stunned. She looked at Qin Qiao’s shattered corpse, unable to respond for a while. He had actually died!? Was he so easy to kill?
Not only Qin Xiaoyou, but the people below the fighting ring were also stunned. They stared blankly at the fighting ring, looking at the shattered corpse that had become ice cubes.
Before this, Qin Qiao was still overbearing with his combat ability comparable to the pinnacle of the Qi Nucleation realm. In the blink of an eye, he had ended up like that. The contrast was so unreal that it made people feel as though they were in a dream.
“What’s going on?” The Qin Clan’s eldest great grandfather suddenly stood up. His eyes were blazing as he looked at the fighting ring, shocked and angered. Although he was not too concerned about Qin Qiao’s life, he was very concerned about the Qin Clan’s image. They had actually lost what was to be an assured victory, and they had lost so completely and bizarrely, too.
A Qi Nucleation realm youth genius had died in the fighting ring without doing anything. He could not accept this.
Bi Kuanhai and Huo Changxing were also shocked. Their silhouettes that had been flying forward slowed down and stopped in their tracks. They looked at the fighting ring with surprised expressions.
Almost everyone was in disbelief, unable to comprehend what had just transpired. An ancient martial art practitioner comparable to the pinnacle of the Qi Nucleation realm had actually died so bafflingly, and at the hands of a maiden at the Sea of Qi realm, at that. Before Qin Qiao had undergone that transformation, by right, it would have been impossible for Qin Xiaoyou to kill him so easily.
The corner of Mo Wen’s mouth curled into a cold smile. His eyes were expressionless. Just now, he had taken action. He had not used normal methods. Instead, he had used a rare spiritual attack. Using his soul and will as power, he directly attacked the opponent’s soul.
If this had been earlier, Mo Wen could not have possibly mastered such a skill. But now, after practicing the Divine Soul Trillion Layers, he began to have a profound understanding of spiritual power. He also mastered some surface layer techniques for using his soul and will.
The Divine Soul Trillion Layers was a rare peerless technique in the world. Just scratching the surface was beyond what normal ancient martial art practitioners could imagine. If he had not received the Medicine Sage Ji Wuya’s inheritance by coincidence, he would not possibly be able to practice this peerless technique.
After all, back then, Ji Wuya was also very lucky to be able to practice the Divine Soul Trillion Layers. If he had not received Ji Wuya’s Primordial Soul Pearl’s inheritance, even if he had been given the Divine Soul Trillion Layers way of Practice, he could not practice it.
Qin Xiaoyou was stunned for a while, but she immediately regained her senses. She looked at the shattered corpse in front of her. Her small face was somewhat pale. Her abdomen churned, and she struggled to stop herself from throwing up.
She took a deep breath and shifted her gaze elsewhere. She did not dare to look at Qin Qiao’s corpse. She had killed someone. She had killed someone for the first time!
“Xiaoyou, he intended to kill you. You killing him was just self-defense. Don’t burden yourself emotionally. Also, as an ancient martial art practitioner, you will frequently witness confrontation. Life and death are all common occurrences,” Huo Changxing said, comforting her softly as he jumped into the fighting ring in a flash. He naturally knew that Qin Xiaoyou had never killed anyone before. She was also kind and had practiced ancient martial arts for only a few months. This was the first time she had killed someone, and he feared that it would leave a substantial shadow on her psyche.
“I know. He should be killed.” Qin Xiaoyou shook her head, her face pale. Astonishingly, she had not forgotten herself. Although anyone would know that she was not calm inside now, she still stood staunchly in the fighting ring.
“Indeed, he should be killed.” Huo Changxing glanced at Qin Qiao. A cold look flashed in his eyes. Disregarding the fact that he had intended to kill Qin Xiaoyou, there was probably more to Qin Qiao’s transformation than met the eye. Anyone could see that the scene just now was abnormal. Such strong, evil Qi and hostility was most likely related to the heretic forces of legend.
He turned to look in the direction of the Qin Clan. A thoughtful look flashed in his eyes. Just now, when the Jet-Black Soul Scimitar appeared, he had felt something was amiss. Now that such an incident had occurred, it made it easy for people to relate this to other things.
“Uncle Huo, you don’t need to worry. I will not be affected by this. In the future, I will only kill those who need to be killed.” Qin Xiaoyou pouted. A look of determination flashed in her pale face. Since she had practiced ancient martial arts, she had to accept all that the ancient martial arts world had to offer. The things Mo Wen could do, she could also do.
A chilly voice suddenly resounded. “You actually killed someone intentionally in the fighting ring. That is a serious offense against the rules of the Martial Arts Symposium. You disregarded the capital’s ancient martial arts world’s various aristocratic families. Your crimes are monstrous. I will eliminate you, traitor.”
The next moment, a cold breeze swept through, and a silhouette appeared in the fighting ring with frightening speed. As it faced Qin Xiaoyou, it let out a palm strike. Instantly, a gale burst forth, and the surrounding space seemed to crumble. The power of the palm strike was astonishing, much stronger than even Qin Qiao from before.
The person who had attacked was none other than the Qin Clan’s eldest great grandfather. No one had predicted that he would do such a thing. As a dignified elder, he had actually attacked a junior and was prepared to directly kill her without giving her a chance to explain herself.
Everyone knew that the Qin Clan’s eldest great grandfather was most likely angry from shame and frustration. After all, Qin Xiaoyou killing Qin Qiao was destroying one of the Qin Clan’s great geniuses. She had destroyed a genius that could have reached the Embryonic Breathing realm in the future. One could imagine the scale of the damage.
“Qin Elder, you have gone mad.” Bi Kuanhai became pale with shock. Right now, he was still a distance away from the fighting ring. He and the Qin Clan’s eldest great grandfather were both in the Embryonic Breathing realm. Even if he wanted to take preventive measures now, he would not make it in time.
Although Huo Changxing was in the fighting ring, he had just Qi Nucleation realm cultivation. How could he possibly stop the Qin Elder?
“Old thing, you have gone too far.” Huo Changxing coldly snorted. He took a step out, blocking the Qin Clan’s eldest great grandfather. This Qin Clan old relic was too shameless. He actually intended to take this opportunity to kill Qin Xiaoyou. He had lost all respect as a senior.
Huo Changxing merely waved his hand, and he managed to dissipate the pressure vortex that the Qin eldest great grandfather had created. Then with a fist, he clashed with the Qin eldest great grandfather. The two figures swayed, then were pushed back several steps, actually being pretty even.
“Huh? Embryonic Breathing realm!” The Qin eldest great grandfather’s body shook as he stabilized his body from moving backwards. He looked at Huo Changxing, surprised. This Huo Changxing actually had Embryonic Breathing realm cultivation and was not any weaker than he was. How was this possible? Wasn’t his cultivation only at the Qi Nucleation realm?
“Old thing, you are unqualified to kill the members of my Huo Clan,” Huo Changxing said coldly. Since they had torn off their masks, he did not need to consider things anymore. Now that his cultivation was restored, why would he fear the Qin Elder?
“The Huo Clan leader actually has Embryonic Breathing realm cultivation. What a diamond in the rough. The Huo Clan will most likely rise up with such a person.”
“Back then, Huo Changxing was already a genius of the Huo Clan that had not been seen in 100 years. As expected, he deserved his reputation. He has just reached his forties and already he has such cultivation. Most probably even the Bi Clan elder Bi Kuanhai cannot be compared with him.”
“Rumor has it that he left the capital for dozens of years without returning. Many people had believed that he had died overseas. They never thought that he would return with riches. When it rains, it pours.”
“In the future, the capital’s ancient martial arts world will be lively. They actually have three strong practitioners in the Embryonic Breathing realm. It is something that has not appeared in many years. In all of Hua Xia, in terms of ancient martial arts aristocratic families, the capital’s ancient martial arts aristocratic families are definitely the forerunners. Let’s see who dares to underestimate us in the future.”
Huo Changxing’s performance caused the surrounding crowd to rile up. They were all shocked, envious, and respectful as they looked at Huo Changxing. An Embryonic Breathing realm ancient martial art practitioner in the capital’s ancient martial arts aristocratic families was an existence at the pinnacle. It was far beyond what people in the Qi Nucleation realm could compare to.
Even those youth geniuses who were at the Qi Nucleation realm from the time they were young could not compare with these figures. After all, this was a genuine Embryonic Breathing realm practitioner. Also, Huo Changxing was still so young. In the future, the chances of him improving further were high.
Disregarding other people, even Bi Kuanhai had eyes full of surprise. As an Embryonic Breathing realm practitioner, he understood the difficulty in reaching the Embryonic Breathing realm. He had practiced for 80 years, and only then did he break through to the Embryonic Breathing realm.
“Incredible.” The Qin eldest great grandfather looked deeply at Huo Changxing. There was a complicated look in his eyes. Talent was something that truly could not be forced. In terms of seniority, Huo Changxing compared to him was a junior of a junior. Back when Huo Changxing was born, the Qin eldest great grandfather was already the clan leader and had cultivation at the pinnacle of the Qi Nucleation realm.
Now that so many years had passed, if it weren’t for aid from external forces, he would have most likely stopped at the pinnacle of the Qi Nucleation realm. It would have been hard for him to make any more progress. However, a junior from before could now stand at his level. One could imagine how complicated a feeling he was having.
“Qin Clan leader, we have all seen what happened just now. Let us not debate whether Qin Qiao using forbidden arts in the fighting ring was right or not. Just in that situation, on the brink of life and death, both sides attacked, and one accidentally killed their opponent. This is something beyond their control, so what crime is there? Also, if there is an offense, there are investigation squads. Why would you come out to manage the situation?” Huo Changxing said plainly. How could he not understand that the Qin Elder was planning to use the opportunity to kill Qin Xiaoyou, who was a threat to the future of the Qin Clan?
“What a silver tongue. My great grandson has died in the fighting ring. Why can’t I manage the situation?” the Qin eldest great grandfather said and coldly snorted.