Chapter 253: Defeating Li Hong
In the arena, Li Hong looked at the Heaven Opening Mountain that had been split into two, it was as if he had lost his soul.
As for Yang Dingkun, who bragged about mastering the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ in five months, he grasped his seat’s armrests tightly with his hands until his fingers turned white.
“Radiant Sun Qi…Radiant Sun Qi! Has he mastered the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’!?”
Two months ago, when Yi Yun managed to obtain some glory points due to his tremendous luck, he had been ridiculed for exchanging them for the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’. A hick had actually wanted to cultivate the royal family’s secret technique.
But now, all those people who had ridiculed Yi Yun could no longer say anything. Not only did Yi Yun master the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’, he had also succeeded in forming the Tang Valley stage of Radiant Sun Qi!
In just two months, Yi Yun shamed Qin Haotian, Luo Huo’er, Li Xiao and all the geniuses that hogged the top spots on the Heaven and Earth rolls in the Tai Ah Divine City in terms of cultivating the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’!
Li Hong looked at Yi Yun as he clenched his fists. He was a genius with a wide circle of connections. Everyone said he was a dragon amongst people and that he was destined for great things. He had mastered the ‘Heaven Opening Technique’, a top three technique in the Tai Ah Divine City. It was an outstanding result, but now it was a joke compared to Yi Yun’s mastering of the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ in two months.
Before the battle, he tried to imagine Yi Yun’s hidden cards and he guessed that the most that Yi Yun had was a few hidden saber moves. He never expected that Yi Yun’s hidden strength was the Radiant Sun Qi!
“You…mastered the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’…before the competition?” Li Hong gnashed his teeth as he said it. He suddenly realized that Yi Yun had laid a trap for him from the beginning. It was trap for him to jump into.
Yi Yun said, “That’s right. I managed to master the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ before the rookie competition. But you don’t have to think so highly of yourself. I did not reveal all my strength not because of you. The main reason was for me to hone my saber moves. I only learned my saber moves after the rookie competition began. I just needed opponents to refine it. Whether it was Qiuniu or Chu Xiaoran, they were the best amongst the rookies. So I benefited greatly by sparring with them.”
“As for laying a trap for you…It was just in passing. I did not expect that not only did you use dragon scale runes as stake, you even bet a ‘Truth of the Laws’ book.”
Yi Yun did not need to take the opponents before Liu Yuxing seriously. They were not qualified to hone Yi Yun’s saber skills. Qiuniu and Chu Xiaoran were the perfect candidates to test his Saber Truth’s 32 Words.
After Yi Yun said that, he casually glanced at the audience. Yang Dingkun, who was standing in the corner of the spectator stands, had a grim expression.
Yi Yun had treated him as a sucker! The sarcastic tone was harsh on Yang Dingkun’s ears.
Yang Dingkun clenched his fists as killing intent flashed in his eyes!
Yi Yun had seen all of it.
Before, as Yi Yun was waiting to go on to the stage, Zhao Qingcheng had already pointed Yang Dingkun out to Yi Yun. Yi Yun had recognized this Chu royal residence’s little prince who tried to take advantage of the situation to profit by cheating him.
Yi Yun did not fear Yang Dingkun. Although the Chu royal residence was part of the royal family, it was only a distant relation of the royal family. They had a high noble title and they were powerful, but even so, a young master from the Chu royal residence had limited power.
How many people were there in the younger generation of the Chu royal residence? It was not easy to count.
The current King Chu had already lived for a thousand years. In a thousand years, how many wives did he marry? How many children did he have? Even King Chu himself might not remember.
It was hard to count the bastard children, legitimate children and grandchildren, great-grandchildren even if they were all added up.
Yang Dingkun was only one of the better ones of the younger generation, but he was not a greatly appreciated child of King Chu, because he was not the heir.
This was why Yang Dingkun had to use gambling as a way to obtain the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ from his bet with Yi Yun. He could not rely on the Chu royal residence, which resulted in him machinating his own schemes.
Hearing Yi Yun’s remark, Li Hong’s face turned red, “Just in passing? Hahaha, just in passing!”
Li Hong was furious!
“Who do you think you are!? So what if you have mastered the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’, I will make sure that you die today!”
Li Hong suddenly lurched forward and he swept the Yuan Qi of the land with his staff!
The Heaven Opening Mountain that had been split apart by Yuan Qi turned back into pure Yuan Qi and it entered Li Hong’s body.
Li Hong knew that under the power of the Radiant Sun Qi, the Heaven Opening Mountain was useless. It was better for him to convert the Heaven Opening Mountain back into energy so he could use his strongest attack.
“Mountain Opening Staff!” Li Hong roared loudly.
After the staff in his hand was injected with Yuan Qi of the land, it grew from six feet to several meters long. The staff had thickened so much that it was as thick as a column!
Most people would not use a thick column like the staff as a weapon since just holding it was strenuous, but because Li Hong’s law of the lands powered it, he could use the thick staff as if it was a part of his body!
The staff gave off a loud roar as it came crashing down like a mountain.
Yi Yun gathered Qi in his Dantian and the Thousand Army Saber was outlined with a shiny flame. Purple gas emerged as Radiant Sun Qi burned.
This was the first time that Yi Yun had really used all his strength, by using Radiant Sun Qi to power the Saber Truth’s 32 Words’ saber move!
With a slash, a purple blade beam flashed and it made a deep gash in the purple tungsten stage!
When Li Hong’s thick staff collided with the saber, the rocks, that were formed from the Yuan Qi of the lands, melted as they came into contact with the Radiant Sun Qi!
But Li Hong still moved forward!
When Li Hong’s staff and Yi Yun’s Thousand Army Saber collided, a chaotic blast erupted which caused people to hold their breaths.
Upon impact, Yi Yun retreated about thirty meters, he had reached the edge of the stage.
Li Hong had managed to force Yi Yun to retreat with the power of the lands, but he watched helplessly as a purple blade beam flashed forwards from the impact and it mercilessly pierced his protective Yuan Qi!
The armor of the lands that Li Hong was proud of had been pierced by the purple beam and blood splattered out!
Li Hong was injured!
Yi Yun had only retreated but Li Hong was wounded. It was clear who had the upper hand!
However, this attack was just the beginning. Yi Yun shot forward like lightning using the large success stage of Minute Subtlety!
A series of blade shadows shot towards Li Hong!
Li Hong had disintegrated the Heaven Opening Mountain and injected Yuan Qi of the lands into his staff to strengthen its attack, but by wielding such a large weapon, no matter how skillful Li Hong was with the law of the lands, he did not have the speed of the Thousand Army Saber!
Li Hong focused his eyes and the scale armor around his body expanded!
Heaven Opening Armor!
Li Hong had used the ‘Heaven Opening Technique’, which had outstanding defensive capabilities to take on Yi Yun’s blade beam. This was what he was always doing when Yi Yun attacked.
But this time, with the Radiant Sun Qi powering it, every blade beam was extremely sharp!
“Cha! Cha! Cha!”
Li Hong was hit dozens of times by the blade beams, and they entered his body after cutting open his protective Yuan Qi. The scale armor from the ‘Heaven Opening Technique’ melted under the Radiant Sun Qi’s pure Yang property!
“You said that a saber cannot slash apart a mountain? That’s only because the saber is not sharp enough. And how can the rocks on a mountain withstand the Sun’s fire?”
Yi Yun attacked faster and fiercer. The incessant saber Qi was like a purple tidal wave as it charged at Li Hong.
Li Hong’s Mountain Opening Staff cracked upon impact with Yi Yun’s blade. The rocks melted into flowing lava!
Li Hong’s scale armor was quickly melting under the intense heat.
The hot lava thinned Li Hong’s protective Yuan Qi by burning it.
Yi Yun’s saber hit Li Hong on his shoulder. Blood splattered on the stage as Li Hong retreated thirty meters!
At this moment, a mountain of corpses and a sea of blood appeared behind Yi Yun!
Blood burst out as ghosts wailed. It was as if Ashura Hell had appeared in the mortal realm.
Saber Truth – Killing At Its Core!
Yi Yun immersed all his Yuan Qi into that attack. It slaughtered all life, breaking through the heavens!
By being pushed to his limits, Li Hong gathered all his Yuan Qi and used his staff to block Yi Yun’s attack.
There was a fierce explosion and the color of red spread everywhere as if the sea of blood had burst!
Li Hong was sent flying like a kite with a broken thread. He tumbled backwards and he heavily slammed into the protective wall of the Divine Wilderness Stage!
Li Hong lost hold of his staff due to the impact and it dropped onto the Purple tungsten stage. The six foot long staff had been split into two by Yi Yun’s attack!
“What!?” Everyone was shocked to see the staff split in half!
Li Hong’s weapon was no ordinary weapon and it was most likely made by a famous master.
Under normal circumstances, it was extremely difficult for weapons made by masters to break in a Purple Blood warrior duel.
But Yi Yun had managed to do it!
And in terms of quality, Li Hong’s staff was likely better than Yi Yun’s Thousand Army Saber!
“How did that happen?”
Some people found it incomprehensible. The Thousand Army Saber was not some divine weapon, but it still managed to break Li Hong’s staff!
“It is due to the injection of Yuan Qi!” Someone gasped.
With the Radiant Sun Qi injected into the Thousand Army Saber, a saber’s sharpness would be completely different! It was impossible for Li Hong’s Yuan Qi of the land to withstand the attack!
“Yi Yun has won!”
The result of the battle was clear. All of Li Hong’s scale armor had been destroyed and his body’s meridians had been invaded by Radiant Sun Qi. He was covered in injuries and he would be crippled if he carried on fighting.
Yi Yun had defeated Li Hong!
When Yi Yun revealed his Radiant Sun Qi, many people had guessed that this would happen, but when it really happened, they still found it unbelievable.
Li Hong had spent one more year training in the Tai Ah Divine City than Yi Yun and he was the best of the second years. His cultivation level was about to break through into the Yuan foundation realm, yet he was finished by Yi Yun.
Yi Yun was too terrifying.
But…people could see that Yi Yun had very little energy left.
The Radiant Sun Qi was strong, but it also rapidly consumed Yuan Qi!
Yi Yun was still limited in his cultivation level, so to power the Radiant Sun Qi at the peak of the middle-stage of Purple Blood cultivation level was his limit to fight up to now.
If he did not manage to defeat Li Hong with the final attack, Yi Yun would not have much energy left to carry on fighting.
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