Zhong Qi Shan could tell the voice behind him belonged to Dugu, the Leader of their Mountainshade Black Market.
Based on Dugu’s tone, it was a warning.
However, when he was still in shock and before he could even react, he sensed a suffocating pressure bearing down on him. At this moment, he felt like he could not breathe at all.
In the next moment, a loud noise reverberated in the air. Zhong Qi Shan felt as though he had been hit by a huge hammer so violently that he was sent flying.
Zhong Qi Shan was sent flying like an arrow that had been shot out, and he was about to crash against the mountain on the side of the valley when a figure appeared like a ghost behind him in a timely manner. A palm gently pushed out like God’s hand as it stopped Zhong Qi Shan’s fat and short body from crashing against the mountain. Although he would not die even if he crashed against the mountain, he would still be heavily injured.
“Mansion Master Duan, my subordinate has been rude. Please forgive us.” Dugu’s voice resonated by Zhong Qi Shan’s ears as he stabilized himself. He still had not regained his senses. Apart from that, the tone their Leader used was very polite as well.
There was only one person in the Lower Province of the Dao Martial Saint Land who could make his Leader speak in such a tone. It was none other than Mansion Master Duan Ru Feng from the Azure Cloud Mansion!
When Zhong Qi Shan raised his head, his face turned green and paled when he saw the young man standing in front of the wooden house. Just as expected, it was indeed Mansion Master Duan Ru Feng from the Azure Cloud Mansion!
Before he saw Duan Ru Feng, he had fervently wished it was not Duan Ru Feng even though he already knew the answer in the depth of his heart. When he saw with his own eyes it was really Duan Ru Feng, a sense of despair washed over him.
With Duan Ru Feng’s innate talent and strength that was not inferior to their Leader, it was impossible for him to seek revenge!
“Leader Dugu.” Duan Ru Feng walked out of the wooden house and nodded his head indifferently in response to Dugu’s greeting.
At this moment, the doors of the three other wooden houses opened one after another. Three figures walked out and stood next to Duan Ru Feng. Naturally, it was Duan Ling Tian, Ku Mi, and Gu Li.
When the three of them made their appearance, Zhong Qi Shan and Feng Bu Yi shifted their attention to Ku Mi. A hint of dread instantly appeared in their eyes. “Ku Mi!”
Even if they joined forces, they were not entirely certain they could defeat Ku Mi!
Unlike Zhong Qi Shan and Feng Bu Yi, after Duan Ling Tian and the other two appeared, Dugu did not look at Ku Mi. Instead, his attention was on Duan Ling Tian.
He had seen this face more than once even though it was only on a portrait.
Although it was just a portrait, it was quite vividly drawn and life-like. With just one glance, he could immediately tell this person was the person in the portrait.
‘He’s Duan Ru Feng’s son, Duan Ling Tian?’ Dugu recognized the young man who resembled his old rival, Duan Ru Feng, a little.
Zhong Qi Shan and Feng Bu Yi soon noticed Dugu’s attention was on Duan Ling Tian when they regained their senses. Their attention immediately shifted to Duan Ling Tian as well.
They were shocked when they first saw him as their breathing quickened. They exchanged a look and could see the surprise and confusion in each other’s eyes.
“Isn’t this person Duan Ling Tian who possesses the Devilseal Tablet?”
“I can’t believe we actually encountered Duan Ling Tian here. The Devilseal Tablet is with him!”
There was nothing but greed in Zhong Qi Shan and Feng Bu Yi’s eyes as they looked at Duan Ling Tian.
“Wait a minute!” Feng Bu Yi was the first to regain his senses. “According to the news leaked by the dragon clan, Duan Ru Feng’s son’s name also seems to be Duan Ling Tian… Don’t tell me they’re the same person?!”
“The person who has the Devilseal Tablet is Duan Ru Feng’s son?” Zhong Qi Shan was stunned. At the same time, a hint of dread appeared in his eyes again when he thought of Duan Ru Feng.
Duan Ru Feng was someone who was on par with their Leader. If Duan Ru Feng wanted to kill them, it would be as easy as killing a chicken.
Although they coveted the Devilseal Tablet, they forcefully suppressed their greed and chose life over death. If they died, was there any meaning in obtaining the Devilseal Tablet?
Their lives were the most important. Everything else was ever-changing.
After a long while, Dugu finally shifted his gaze away from Duan Ling Tian to Duan Ru Feng and asked, “Mansion Master Duan, aren’t you going to make introductions?”
If it was not for the fact that Duan Ling Tian had known earlier that this black-robed young man was Leader Dugu of Mountainshade Black Market, he might even misunderstand and think he was a friend of his father.
This was because there was no hostility emitting from that person at all. He did not seem like his father’s enemy at all.
‘The Leader of Mountainshade Black Market is truly not a simple person!’ Duan Ling Tian instantly put up a guard against Dugu!
Someone adept in concealing their intention was the scariest! Someone who was obviously malicious was not terrifying at all in comparison!
“You know Ku Mi so there’s no need for me to introduce him.” When Duan Ru Feng heard Dugu’s words, he nodded before he looked at Duan Ling Tian.
Dugu expected Duan Ru Feng would introduce Duan Ling Tian to him, but Duan Ru Feng shifted his gaze to Gu Li immediately. “This is Gu Li! I’m sure you must have heard of this name before. He’s a Mystical Sky Mansion’s disciple and the strongest person on the Mystical Sky Mansion’s Mystical Sky Ranking!”
“Gu Li?” Dugu looked at Gu Li and nodded his head. “I’ve heard of you before, you must be the son of Guardian Gu Ci Yun of Mystical Sky Mansion.”
Earlier, when Gu Li saw Dugu who was equally as famous as Duan Ru Feng, his heart began to beat rapidly.
Now that he heard Dugu’s words, he was so excited that his face even flushed red. He was too excited until he was rendered momentarily speechless.
“Good day, Leader Dugu.” Gu Li nodded at Dugu after he took a deep breath.
After Dugu nodded his head, he proceeded to ignore him and shifted his gaze back to Duan Ling Tian, “If I’m not mistaken, this person must be your son, Duan Ling Tian, right? Mansion Master Duan, you’re really lucky to possess the Devilseal Tablet. It’s indeed a good item!” When he spoke, he did not beat around the bush and brought up the Devilseal Tablet.
The atmosphere in the air immediately turned tense.
Everyone present on the scene, including the two Deputy Leaders from the Mountainshade Black Market, did not expect Dugu to casually bring up the Devilseal Tablet immediately. It was undoubtedly a sensitive time to mention the Devilseal Tablet at this moment.
As soon as Dugu’s words left his mouth, the Devilseal Tablet appeared in Duan Ling Tian’s hand.
Duan Ling Tian who was holding onto the Devilseal Tablet stared at Dugu intently.
At this moment, he could feel the usual movements from the Devilseal Tablet that was eager to rush out and kill Dugu.
Dugu, the Mountainshade Black Market’s Leader, was a Devil Cultivator. Moreover, he was a Devil Cultivator at the peak of the Exemplary Saint Stage, just like his father!
However, with the Sun True Origin in his body that was equivalent to a powerhouse at the Divine Saint Stage, theoretically, he would be able to kill Devil Cultivators below the Quintessential Saint Stage once he activated the Devilseal Tablet, this included Leader Dugu of Mountainshade Black Market as well!
Between the two Deputy Leaders of the Mountainshade Black Market, Zhong Qi Shan was not a Devil Cultivator. He did not fear the Devilseal Tablet. Instead, he felt a little curious. “This is the Devilseal Tablet?”
Feng Bu Yi was standing next to him. As a Devil Cultivator, he seemed to have sensed the deathly aura the moment Duan Ling Tian took out the Devilseal Tablet.
His expression turned grim immediately as though he was faced with a formidable enemy!
“As expected of the Devilseal Tablet. To think it would make me feel threatened…” Unlike Feng Bu Yi who on guard against possible danger, Dugu did not even flinch when faced with Duan Ling Tian who was holding the Devilseal Tablet. He said indifferently, “This means the person holding onto the Devilseal Tablet is at the Divine Saint Stage or above since I feel this way. As expected of Duan Ru Feng’s son, your innate talent is indeed remarkable!”
“You’re not afraid of death?” Duan Ling Tian frowned when he saw Dugu was so calm.
This Dugu, the Mountainshade Black Market’s Leader, was only a Devil Cultivator at the peak of the Exemplary Saint Stage so he was confident he could kill him since theoretically he could kill all Devil Cultivators below the Quintessential Saint Stage.
“Everyone is afraid of death, including me. However, do you really think you’ll be able to kill me if you use the Devilseal Tablet with your current strength?” When Dugu reached the end of his sentence, he had a carefree expression on his face. It was as though he was not afraid the Devilseal Tablet in Duan Ling Tian’s hand would be able to kill him.
When Dugu saw Duan Ling Tian’s expression turned grave and his eyes gleamed coldly, he said without waiting for Duan Ling Tian’s response, “If you don’t believe me, you can ask your father. Let alone me, you can’t even kill your father with the Devilseal Tablet if you use it with your current strength! Your cultivation base has to be at the peak of the Divine Saint Stage at least if you want to kill us using the Devilseal Tablet.”
Upon hearing his words, Duan Ling Tian looked at his father Duan Ru Feng.
Duan Ru Feng nodded and explained to him, “Usually, a Devilseal Tablet can kill someone who is a stage higher than yourself in theory. Even a person at the Early Divine Saint Stage would be able to kill a Devil Cultivator at the peak of the Exemplary Saint Stage when he activates the Devilseal Tablet! However, Leader Dugu and my strength are not at the ordinary peak of the Exemplary Saint Stage. If we want to, we can break through to the Quintessential Saint Stage at any time!”
When Duan Ru Feng reached this part of his sentence, he glanced at Dugu before he continued to say, “Put aside the fact that we can break through to the Quintessential Saint Stage if we want to, even if we can’t, we don’t fear the Devilseal Tablet at all unless it’s used by someone at the peak of the Divine Saint Stage and above. This is because we have mastered a high-grade Divine Ability!”
High-grade Divine Ability!
This was Duan Ru Feng and Dugu’s strength.
With the help of the high-grade Divine Ability, even if the Devilseal Tablet was activated by somebody at the Early, Intermediate or Mastery Divine Saint Stage, they were not afraid at all even though they were cultivators at the peak of the Exemplary Saint Stage.
“I see.” Upon hearing Duan Ru Feng’s words, Duan Ling Tian finally understood. No wonder Leader Dugu of Mountainshade Black Market was so calm in front of the Devilseal Tablet.
As it turned out, he was not afraid of the Devilseal Tablet at all. To be more precise, he was not afraid of Duan Ling Tian using the Devilseal Tablet on him.