Duan Ling Tian’s comprehension of the rudimentary form of the Sword Dao was not a secret in the Eastern Ridge Mansion. Many people had seen him using it through Floating Image Pearls when he killed the two intermediate Lords of Gods in the Flying Dragon Sect. This included Wanqi Hong and Wanqi Jue, the Wanqi clan’s Golden Seat Elder.
At this time, Duan Ling Tian did not dare to use the Mastery Dao like before when he killed the two intermediate Lords of Gods due to the Emperors of Gods present on the scene. Now that his law of space had improved tremendously, the power from the law of space now was on par with the power from the combination of the law of space and the Mastery Dao in the past.
Wanqi Jue was not surprised by the level of Duan Ling Tian’s comprehension of the law of space. He attributed it to Duan Ling Tian preparing for the Seven Mansions Feast after becoming an intermediate Lord of Gods. It did not even cross his mind that Duan Ling Tian had also comprehended another one of the Four Daos of Heaven and Earth, the Mastery Dao.
There was naturally a difference between witnessing a fight and watching through the Floating Image Pearl. For this reason, even Emperors of Gods could not tell that Duan Ling Tian had used his Mastery Dao previously when killing the two intermediate Lords of Gods. However, if Duan Ling Tian were to use it now, they would discover it immediately. For this reason, he did not use the Mastery Dao against Wanqi Hong. He intended to keep it as his hidden trump card. Moreover, his performance in the Eastern Ridge was already almost unrivaled among the younger generation, hence, it would not be good if he stood out even more. After all, no one in the Eastern Ridge Mansion and the Profound Energy Land knew he had comprehended the rudimentary stage of the Mastery Dao.
‘His innate talent is really high considering he’s not even 3,000 years old,’ Wanqi Jue thought to himself. Although he was still certain of his great-great-grandson’s victory, he was still shocked by Duan Ling Tian’s strength considering his young age.
In the past, the Wanqi clan had also sent people to the Flying Dragon Sect to recruit Duan Ling Tian more than once. The first time, Duan Ling Tian declined, saying that he did not intend to leave the Flying Dragon Sect for the time being. The last time they tried to recruit him, they were driven away from the Flying Dragon Sect by the domineering Zhen Ping Fan from the Pure Yang Sect.
‘He’s going to catch up to and surpass Hong’er sooner or later,’ Wanqi Jue thought to himself. His eyes shone with cold killing intent when he thought about Duan Ling Tian being a member of the Pure Yang Sect. ‘I must get rid of him when there’s a chance. Although the Pure Yang Sect and the Wanqi clan’s relationship is quite good, he’ll become a threat to us in the future. Since I can’t use him, and he’s someone from the Devata Realm with no background, it’s best to kill him.’
Similarly, the eyes of the few elders from the Seven Kills Valley, the Alliance of Benevolence and Justice, and the Dragon Martial Divine Sect flashed with killing intent as well. However, their killing intent was not only directed at Duan Ling Tian, but at Wanqi Hong as well. It was naturally not a good thing for them that the two forces had such outstanding prodigies who were clearly superior to the prodigies in their respective forces. As they glanced at their respective forces’ prodigies, they saw the shock on the faces of the prodigies after witnessing Duan Ling Tian and Wanqi Hong’s strength.
‘He’s so strong?!’ Lan Xi Lin was in shock and disbelief when he saw Duan Ling Tian gaining the upper hand. Although he knew Duan Ling Tian was strong, he had no clue about the extent of Duan Ling Tian’s strength even after he watched the recording of Duan Ling Tian killing the two intermediate Lords of Gods.
Lan Xi Lin found it hard to believe that someone who was not even 3,000 years old possessed such strength. Although Wanqi Hong had used his bloodline power, Wanqi Hong was about twice Duan Ling Tian’s age, after all. Moreover, Wanqi Hong was an advanced Lord of Gods.
‘How strong would he be when he’s Wanqi Hong’s age?’ Lan Xi Lin felt a sense of despair at this moment and was slightly shaken. His great-grandfather’s advice that he had brushed previously surfaced in his mind at this moment, and he finally realized his great-grandfather’s good intentions.
‘Let’s just forget it and mind my own business from now on…’ Lan Xi Lin thought to himself. It was at this moment that he gave up on trying to seek revenge from Duan Ling Tian.
Back in the sky.
“Wanqi Hong, if this is the extent of your strength, I’m afraid you’ll lose your great-great-grandfather’s prominent divine artifact with an incomplete artifact soul to me!” Duan Ling Tian said after gaining the upper hand with his doppelganger from the law of space.
Wanqi Hong scoffed. “Duan Ling Tian, I’m just testing your strength. I have to say, I’m quite surprised. Apart from me, no one in the Eastern Ridge Mansion below the age of 10,000 is a match for you. It’s truly a pity that you ran into me. Duan Ling Tian, prepare to suffer defeat today!”
Wanqi Hong shot out like a bolt of lightning as soon as his voice fell. He arrived near Duan Ling Tian in just a blink of an eye. At this time, his eyes flashed, and a bloody mist rose from his body. The blood mist, which flashed with lightning, swiftly formed a figure wielding a spear.
“Duan Ling Tian, my Blood War Spirit is comparable to your doppelganger,” Wanqi Hong said in a low voice. As he flew toward Duan Ling Tian, the Blood War Spirit above him flew along with him with a spear in its hand.
If Duan Ling Tian had relied on the rudimentary form of the Sword Dao alone, he would not have been a match for Wanqi Hong. It was due to his strong connection with his doppelganger, coupled with the Sword Dao, that he was able to close the gap between his and Wanqi Hong’s cultivation bases and suppress Wanqi Hong earlier. However, now that Wanqi Hong had used his bloodline power, it seemed like he was going to lose his advantage. As expected, he slowly fell into a disadvantageous position.
“Wanqi Hong finally used his bloodline power!”...
“His bloodline power is called the Blood War Spirit. It’s only inherited by direct descendants of the Wanqi clan.”
“He imbued his blood with his Divine Energy and the law he comprehended to form the Blood War Spirit. It’s comparable to the doppelgangers of those from the Devata Realms!”
Many of the spectators recognized the Blood War Spirit immediately. It was, after all, unique to the Wanqi clan.
“Duan Ling Tian might have the upper hand earlier, but it won’t be so now that Wanqi Hong formed his Blood War Spirit.”
“Nonetheless, even if Duan Ling Tian loses, he’s still really amazing! Don’t forget that he’s not even 3,000 years old!”
“Indeed! If we consider his age, Duan Ling Tian is far superior to Wanqi Hong. Alas, it seems like he’ll lose his 100 king-grade Limit Divine Pills today.”
“Oh, right! I almost forgot about the 100 king-grade Limit Divine Pills! I don’t understand why Duan Ling Tian would study alchemy. Based on his innate talent and comprehension skills, if he didn’t waste time on alchemy and spent that time cultivating, perhaps he would be a match for Wanqi Hong today.”
“What can’t you understand? Perhaps, it’s nothing more than him making the wrong choice. Regardless, his achievement at this age is unprecedented in the history of the Eastern Ridge Mansion.”
Although the majority of the people present still thought that Duan Ling Tian would lose, they were shocked and impressed by his strength. Moreover, he was an alchemist who could refine king-grade Limit Divine Pills. Only the top alchemists in the Eastern Ridge Mansion could refine king-grade Limit Divine Pills. This meant that he was comparable to the top alchemists in the Eastern Ridge Mansion.
“What a heaven-defying prodigy!”
“I should have personally gone to the Flying Dragon Sect to recruit him into our Dragon Martial Divine Sect if he knew he’s so monstrously talented. Zhen Ping Fan really hit the jackpot this time!”
The elders from the Alliance of Benevolence and Justice and the Dragon Martial Divine Sect sighed regretfully as they watched Duan Ling Tian.
At this time, Ye Tong, the Nirvanic Elder from the Pure Yang Sect’s Hidden Sword faction, glanced at Zhen Ping Fan before he said through Voice Transmission, “Junior Brother Zhen, aren’t you worried about Duan Ling Tian losing to Wanqi Hong? You’re the one who provoked the Wanqi clan first. If he loses, you should at least give up 50 king-grade Limit Divine Pills to help him.”
Ye Tong was already thinking about helping Duan Ling Tian to settle the bet since he knew his master valued Duan Ling Tian.
Zhen Ping Fan replied with a smile, “Senior Brother Ye, are you so eager for Duan Ling Tian to lose?”
Ye Tong was slightly stunned by Zhen Ping Fan’s words. At the same time, a bold thought appeared in his mind.
At this moment, the ear-piercing sound of a sword whistling in the air reverberated through the entire place.
Even Ye Tong, a rudimentary Emperor of Gods, could feel the sound reverberating in his ears.