Chapter 165: One Must Know One's Limitations!
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
"Sweetheart?" Princess Bi Yao's face went red.
"Princess, it's just as Third Prince said; it's only a spar. You have nothing to worry about." Just when Princess Bi Yao was about to refute Third Prince, Duan Ling Tian spoke before her and stopped her actions.
Princess Bi Yao's peerlessly beautiful face froze and lights flowed within her water-like, clear eyes before her gaze that had a tiny bit of bewilderment gathered onto Duan Ling Tian.
Duan Ling Tian nodded to Princess Bi Yao, and his mouth opened and closed as he mouthed something to her.
"Don't worry!" This was what the Duan Ling Tian had mouthed to Princess Bi Yao.
Princess Bi Yao's expression eased up slightly when she saw this, then she sat back down on her seat. She was extremely curious about where this youth that was the same age as her had obtained such strong confidence....
Duan Ling Tian was very straightforward. His body moved to descend upon an empty space in the building at the heart of the lake.
"Who's first?" Duan Ling Tian's eyes narrowed as his gaze swept past every young talent that was present. Currently, these people were all anxious to have a try, and every one of them seemed like they wanted to step on Duan Ling Tian and rise up in ranks.
"I'll do it!" Accompanied by a light shout, a green-clothed young man descended onto the empty space to face Duan Ling Tian.
Duan Ling Tian's gaze focused and a trace of a smile appeared on the corners of his mouth, as the person who arrived was none other than Su Lan.
"Third Prince!" Meanwhile, Su Lan looked at Third Prince and respectfully said, "Like the saying goes, accidents happen. Duan Ling Tian and I are both ninth level Core Formation martial artists, and we can only fight at full strength to decide a victor! If there were to be any casualties...."
"If there're any casualties, then it would be something that's unavoidable." The Third Prince's gaze focused as he looked at Duan Ling Tian. "Brother Ling Tian, what do you think?"
Duan Ling Tian smiled indifferently. "I agree."
Princess Bi Yao's face went grim when she heard what Third Prince said, but just when she was about to speak, she noticed Duan Ling Tian giving her another gaze that asked her to be at ease. Although she didn't speak anymore, a trace of worry appeared in her beautiful eyes.
When she first laid eyes upon Duan Ling Tian, although Duan Ling Tian was handsome and extraordinary, she didn't have any reaction, as she had seen many handsome men.
When she saw how Duan Ling Tian was still able to maintain his calm and confident smile when faced with the mocking of the group of young talents, she noticed that Duan Ling Tian's smile had infected her; it was as if it had plucked that string within her heart....
This feeling was something she had never felt before.
Now that she saw Duan Ling Tian in such dangerous circumstances, she was extremely worried for Duan Ling Tian.
"Duan Ling Tian, I'll kill you!" The corners of Su Lan's mouth curled into a sneer as he looked at Duan Ling Tian and his mouth opened and closed. Even though he didn't make a sound, Duan Ling Tian still clearly saw what he had mouthed.
Kill me? Duan Ling Tian paid no attention to it. There were many people on this world that wanted to kill him, but wasn't he still alive and well now?
The corners of Duan Ling Tian's mouth held a smile, and his eyes flashed with wisdom as he indifferently said, "One must know one's limitations!"
His words were extremely abrupt, and only Su Lan was able to understand the meaning behind his words.
Su Lan's face sank as he burst into rage.
"You're courting death!" Instantly, Su Lan's eyes went cold and his body moved. He seemed to transform into a cheetah as he charged at Duan Ling Tian.
Every step he took echoed out with the booming sound of his legs descending onto the ground, and it seemed as if a strong gale had blown past the area. 12 ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed into form above Su Lan.
He exerted his full strength the moment he attacked!
The movement technique Su Lan was currently executing was obviously a high grade Profound Rank movement skill at the Perfection Stage, and his speed practically reached the limit of the ninth level of the Core Formation Stage. Of course, this was only true if compared to ordinary ninth level Core Formation martial artists.
Duan Ling Tian wasn't included in this scope.
Third Prince sat at the head and watched this scene with a smile on his face. A dense, cold light flashed deep within his eyes.
Although he had only met Duan Ling Tian for the first time, he felt a trace of threat within Duan Ling Tian...
He had a sudden premonition that the existence of Duan Ling Tian would very likely become an obstacle for him to become emperor, so now he wished for nothing more than for Su Lan to kill Duan Ling Tian!
Princess Bi Yao clenched her fists tightly and didn't dare close her eyes; her heartbeat quickened as well.... At this very moment, only the violet-clothed youth that was standing there without moving was in her eyes.
Su Lan arrived before Duan Ling Tian in the blink of an eyes, and a sneer appeared on the corners of his mouth when he noticed that Duan Ling Tian hadn't made any movements.
Great Net Palm!
High grade Profound Rank martial skill!
Su Lan's palm opened wide and his Origin Energy exploded forth. The entire sky was filled with palm images that whistled as they descended to envelop Duan Ling Tian.
"No!" Seeing Su Lan's attack about to descend onto Duan Ling Tian, Princess Bi Yao exclaimed and abruptly stood up.
"This Duan Ling Tian is really conceited!" The same thought appeared in the hearts of many of the young talents presents, and a sneer appeared on the corners of their mouths. They all thought that Duan Ling Tian would die without a doubt.
A trace of a smile bloomed on Third Prince's face.
Su Lan's eyes emitted a sense of madness. As far as he was concerned, once his palm strike descended, this youth that made him feel hatred and envy would completely vanish from this world.
Instantly, a sense of joy appeared on the corners of his mouth.
In the nick of time, Duan Ling Tian's body slightly jerked as a strength close to 13 ancient mammoths exploded forth.... However, there were only 12 ancient mammoth's silhouettes above him.
Duan Ling Tian circulated his defensive martial skill and a layer of defensive qi barrier appeared on the surface of his body at the exact moment Su Lan's palm strike descended.
Su Lan's palm strike descended only to land directly on Duan Ling Tian's defensive qi barrier.
"Ah!" At almost the exact same instant, Su Lan emitted a shrill cry, as his right hand that he attacked with was forcefully shoved away from the rebound force that Greater Teleportation sent back to him. He was blasted far away before falling into the lake with a splash.
Meanwhile, the defensive qi barrier on the surface of Duan Ling Tian's body shattered into pieces.
Duan Ling Tian's face flushed red because although he had the defensive qi barrier to protect his body, Su Lan's palm strike that utilized the strength of 12 ancient mammoths wasn't that easy to withstand, so there was still a portion of the force that descended onto his body.
Luckily, the strength of his fleshly body's lifeblood far exceed that of any ordinary martial artist!
Even if he had exerted the strength of 13 ancient mammoths to form a defensive qi barrier, his internal organs would still be injured by the shock from Su Lan's palm strike.
Defensive martial skills were capable of completely neutralizing similar-staged offensive martial skills, but this only applied to lower level martial artists. Once one achieved the ninth level of the Core Formation Stage ,the defensive qi barrier wasn't as effective anymore.
Including Third Prince and the old man behind him, everyone present couldn't stop themselves from exclaiming, "Star Shift!"
They were able to discern that the defensive martial skill that Duan Ling Tian executed was precisely the strongest defensive martial skill of the Xiao Clan, Star Shift!
They were slightly dazed. How could Duan Ling Tian possess Star Shift, which was a skill that the Xiao Clan would never pass on to someone not of their surname?
Su Lan's entire arm was broken off, and his body was trembling. He stood firmly with great difficulty but was still in an extremely sorry state.
In the next moment, Su Lan's pupils constricted and his face went ghastly pale. He then emitted a bitter and shrill shout. "No!"
He saw Duan Ling Tian move. The current him had absolutely no way of stopping Duan Ling Tian, as his most important right arm was crippled.
Spirit Serpent Movement Technique!
Before anyone came back to their senses from the previous shock, Duan Ling Tian instantly closed in on Su Lan.
Dragon's Finishing Touch!
Duan Ling Tian didn't even wave his hands to create any afterimages; he directly pointed out his finger, which emitted a sharp, whistling sound as it flashed towards Su Lan's chest.
Su Lan's pupils constricted as he desperately circulated his defensive martial skill!
A layer of defensive qi barrier appeared on the surface of his body.
"Defensive qi barrier? Does it make a difference?" A sneer appeared on the corners of Duan Ling Tian's mouth as his finger descended. It was accompanied by an awe-inspiring gale, pressing itself onto the defensive qi barrier on Su Lan's chest. It indeed faced quite a degree of resistance....
However, Duan Ling Tian once again exerted strength, and his finger pierced through the defensive qi barrier before directly pressing onto the place where Su Lan's heart resided.
A terrifying force flowed into Su Lan's body, instantly shattering his heart!
Su Lan's body trembled and his eyes opened wide before he fell limply onto the ground, completely losing any signs of life. Dead!
Su Lan's body lied on the ground. At the place where his arm broke off, blood flowed out like a fountain, dazzling and resplendent.
"Heh, I told you.... One must know one's limitations!" Duan Ling Tian squatted down and extended his hands to close Su Lan's eyes, which were unable to close after death, and intentionally sighed before standing up once more. He looked towards the group of young talents that had long been scared to the point that their faces were ghastly pale.
"Now, who's next?" Duan Ling Tian's frosty gaze swept these so-called young talents one by one.
Instantly, the group of young men looked at each other, but there wasn't a single person who dared stand out, as they'd all witnessed Duan Ling Tian's strength.
Before this fight, they thought that Duan Ling Tian relied on his grade seven spirit weapon to achieve such a strength before, but now they understood that even without a spirit weapon, Duan Ling Tian wasn't an existence an ordinary ninth level Core Formation martial artist could defeat!
They were all filled with fear as they gazed upon Su Lan's corpse. They felt lucky that they didn't move out to challenge Duan Ling Tian before Su Lan! Otherwise, the one that was dead would surely be one of them.
"Third Prince, how about it?" Duan Ling Tian swept the group of young talents with a disdainful gaze before moving his gaze to descend onto the Third Prince.
Although the Third Prince still had a smile on his face, his smile was extremely unnatural. "Never had I imagined that Brother Ling Tian actually cultivated the Xiao Clan's Star Shift.... However, it's up to my sister if she's willing to stroll around the lake with you."
"Third Prince doesn't have to worry about this." Duan Ling Tian smiled indifferently, then his body moved like a gust of wind to float to Princess Bi Yao's side. He extended his hand, grabbed Princess Bi Yao's tender hand, and held onto it.
Princess Bi Yao's delicate figure trembled as if she were being electrified, and her cheeks blushed.
It was the first time in her life that her hand was held in such a way.
"Princess, how about accompanying me for a stroll?" Duan Ling Tian nodded to Princess Bi Yao and lightly smiled.
Princess Bi Yao lightly nodded with an embarrassed expression.
The smile on Third Prince's face vanished when he saw Duan Ling Tian holding Princess Bi Yao's hand and leaving in such a way; it was as if Duan Ling Tian was demonstrating his dominance to him...