Chapter 204: Suicide
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
"Third level of the Nascent Soul Stage?" Duan Ling Tian's gaze focused as he looked at the 400 ancient mammoth silhouettes above the middle-aged man in front of him, and the corners of his mouth slowly curled at an angle.
The middle-aged man had an icy cold gaze, and the way he looked at Duan Ling Tian didn't hold a trace of emotion.
"You're the one who's been secretly watching me since this morning?" Duan Ling Tian's voice was calm, as if he was speaking about something that was completely unrelated to him.
"As expected of the Paladin Academy's number one genius to actually be able to notice me watching you secretly. I feel that I've already been extremely careful." The middle-aged solder was slightly surprised for a brief moment, as he never imagined that Duan Ling Tian had long since noticed him.
"You're probably not a member of the Crimson Wyrm Army, right?" Duan Ling Tian glanced deeply at the person before him. The middle-aged man was a third level Nascent Soul martial artist, but what he wore was only an ordinary soldier's armor, and he wasn't even a Decurion....
He didn't believe that a person with such a cultivation would be willing to be an ordinary soldier within the Crimson Wyrm Army.
"You're extremely intelligent." The middle-aged soldier nodded. "Exactly, I'm not a member of the Crimson Wyrm Army."
"Being able to noiselessly sneak into the Crimson Wyrm Army and not be noticed by anyone, it would seem that the person behind you isn't simple...I'm extremely curious, who actually sent you here?" Duan Ling Tian's gaze that seemed to be able to see through everything stared fixedly at the middle-aged soldier.
"A dead man doesn't need to know so much." The middle-aged man paid no attention to Duan Ling Tian. He took a step forward with an imposing manner that pierced through the sky above him, and the 400 ancient mammoth silhouettes that had only just vanished not long ago once again condensed into form....
"Are you so sure I'll die?" Duan Ling Tian's gaze went slightly cold, and a disdainful smile appeared on the corners of his mouth.
"Hmm?" The middle-aged man slightly frowned when he noticed that Duan Ling Tian was so composed. He observed the surroundings for a moment, and upon noticing that there was nothing off about it, he sneered. "Do you think that acting mysteriously will allow you to escape? Don't waste your time! There's somethings that once done, you have to suffer the consequences...No one can save you today!" The middle-aged soldier took a large stride forward, and his Origin Energy pervaded into his body. He intended to attack Duan Ling Tian.
"Is that so?" Duan Ling Tian still stood on the spot with a calm and unfazed expression, and he didn't move an inch.
"As I see it, no one can save you!" Right at this moment, a low voice that contained fury mixed within sounded from behind the middle-aged soldier.
Subsequently, two figures appeared behind the middle-aged soldier in an instant. One of them slapped out his palm to directly knock down the middle-aged soldier before stomping out his feet to stomp the middle-aged soldiers entire body onto the ground, causing his to be unable to move.
The middle-aged soldier's body crashed onto the ground, and he subconsciously turned around, but the scene he saw behind him caused his eyeballs to seem as if they were about to split!
Oh my god!
What did he see?!
1,000 ancient mammoth silhouettes!
The person that attacked him now was actually a seventh level Nascent Soul martial artist!
"How could this be possible? Didn't the Duan Clan not send anyone to protect him?" A trace of coldness arose within the middle-aged soldier's heart, and infinite despair flickered within his eyes.
"Young Master." Among the two people that appeared now, the one that stomped the middle-aged soldier to the ground was precisely Zhang Qian.
The other person was Zhao Gang.
Hearing the seemingly familiar voices, the face of the middle-aged man who was stomped on the ground's face went grim, and he struggled to turn his head around. Through the darkness of the night, he was eventually able to clearly see the appearances of Zhang Qian and Zhao Gang.
"General Zhang, General Zhao!" The middle-aged soldier's pupils constricted, as he obviously recognized Zhang Qian and Zhao Gang.
Zhang Qian and Zhao Gang were generals under the command of the Divine Might Marquis, Grand Cavalry General Nie Yuan, and they had extremely high statuses within the Crimson Sky Kingdom's army. Thus, many officers within the Crimson Sky Kingdom's army recognized them.
"You know me?" Zhang Qian frowned, and he stomped his leg harder on the middle-aged soldier.
The middle-aged soldier's face went deathly pale, and his eyes emitted an astonished expression. Who can tell me what the f**k is going on?
Why are these two malefic existences here?
Moreover, they seem to be protecting this Duan Ling Tian in secret!
Isn't Duan Ling Tian just a direct descendant of the Duan Clan? How could it be possible that these two malefic existences would lower themselves to protect him....
The middle-aged soldier abruptly realized that this assignment was virtually a suicide assignment!
"Speak! Who sent you to kill the Young Master?" Zhao Gang's face sank, and his eyes flickered with dense killing intent.
"General Zhang, General Zhao...He...Isn't he a member of the Duan Clan? Why...Why are you two...." The middle-aged soldier took a deep breath. He wanted to figure out what actually was happening before him right now.
When Zhang Qian and Zhao Gang heard what the middle-aged soldier said, they both looked at Duan Ling Tian at the same time, seeming to be asking Duan Ling Tian if they could reveal it.
Duan Ling Tian nodded, as he'd perceived that this middle-aged soldier was an unyielding person, and if he couldn't completely destroy the line of defense within his heart, he'd probably rather die than reveal the person who put him up to this.
"Exactly, the Young Master is a member of the Duan Clan. However, the Young Master is also the nephew of the Marquis...As for the two of us, we were sent by the Marquis to protect the Young Master." Zhang Qian's tone was cold as he slowly spoke.
However, when what he said entered the ears of the middle-aged soldier, they were like pins pricking him!
He naturally knew who the Marquis that Zhang Qian spoke of was, it would surely be the Marquis who had an aloof status and respected identity within the Crimson Sky Kingdom!
This Duan Ling Tian is his nephew?
"Young Master, spare me...This lowly one didn't know of your identity, spare me...." The middle-aged man's face was deathly pale and devoid of blood as he struggled to plead to Duan Ling Tian.
He suddenly realized that his actions were virtually suicide!
"Speak! Who sent you?" Duan Ling Tian asked once more.
"Young Master, if this lowly one speaks, would you be willing to spare this lowly one's life?" The middle-aged man's eyes flickered with a lustre of hope for survival.
"You don't have the qualifications to discuss terms with me." Duan Ling Tian's became even colder. "Since you know Zhang Qian and Zhao Gang and have a cultivation at the Nascent Soul Stage, your status within the Crimson Sky Kingdom's army ought to not be low...Could it be that you think I can't investigate your background by relying on the ability of my Uncle Nie?"
The middle-aged soldier had a bitter smile on the corners of his mouth.
If the Divine Might marquis were to investigate him, it would naturally be easy to accomplish...
"Young Master, I'm a Centurion within the Imperial City's City Guard Army." The middle-aged man lowered his head as he proclaimed his identity.
He was confident that he didn't have to say anything else for this Young Master before him to guess it.
"City Guard Army?" Duan Ling Tian's gaze focused. "It's really him...Xue Lu!"
"That Xue Lu, actually daring to let a member of his City Guard Army sneak into the Crimson Wyrm Army. Doesn't he know that this is committing a taboo within the army?" Zhang Qian's face went grim and flames of rage jumped about within his eyes.
Zhao Gang's face was extremely unsightly as well.
"Generals, spare me...." The middle-aged soldier had a deathly pale expression, and he had no other wish but to survive.
Zhang Qian and Zhao Gang looked towards Duan Ling Tian.
"Make it clean." Duan Ling Tian said indifferently, with a voice that didn't have a trace of feeling. Then he turned around and opened his belt to ease himself. And he directly returned to his tent after finishing.
And at the moment Duan Ling Tian's voice sounded, the middle-aged soldier didn't even react when he was killed by Zhang Qian.
When Duan Ling Tian left, Zhang Qian and Zhao Gang took care of the middle-aged soldier's corpse before once again concealing themselves.
"Duan Ling Tian, why'd you go so long?" Xiao Xun asked after Duan Ling Tian returned to the tent.
Duan Ling Tian rolled his eyes at Xiao Xun, and he angrily said, "Can't I go for a big one?"
Duan Ling Tian's eyes narrowed as he lie in the tent, and a sense of rage arose within his heart.
Even though he knew that City Guard Army Commander Xue Lu wouldn't let it go, he never imagined that Xue Lu would be so unscrupulous as to actually want to kill him on the way to the northwest border's battlefield.
"Xue Lu...." Killing intent arose within Duan Ling Tian's heart.
Early in the morning the next day, as the morning sun rose in the east.
"Everyone, pack up your tents. We're leaving in 10 minutes!" The loud and clear voice of Commander Nie Fen broke the silence of dawn and caused all the Paladin Academy students that were still dreaming within their tents to be jolted awake. They then left their tents and started to pack up.
After Duan Ling Tian walked out of the tent, he noticed that the 10,000 officers of the Crimson Wyrm Army had long since been fully equipped and ready. Now all that remained was their group of Paladin Academy students' tents which were scattered all around.
"This Crimson Wyrm Army is worthy of being called an elite army within the Crimson Sky Kingdom!" Duan Ling Tian praised within his heart.
Before long, the group of Paladin Academy students finished packing up their tents and were fully equipped and ready.
Followed by Commander Nie Fei issuing the order, over 10,000 large steeds carried over 10,000 officers as they dashed out, and a wave of earthquakes and mountains swaying occurred wherever they passed.
When they passed by some travelling merchants or fleets of wagons, they would all move to the side in avoidance, as they didn't dare directly face the Crimson Wyrm Army's sharp imposing manner.
After spending an entire two months' time, Duan Ling Tian and the others followed behind the Crimson Wyrm Army to finally arrive at their destination.
The northwest border's Relentless Thriving City.
Relentless Thriving City was a city that was situated in a remote and awkward position.
30 miles in front of Relentless Thriving City was the Southern Champion Kingdom's border city, Southern Barbaric City....And it was precisely because of this place's special meaning that conflict between the two kingdoms frequently occurred here.
As long as one of the two kingdoms finished recuperating and building up strength, it would take the initiative to send troops, desiring to take over the other kingdom's border city, before plundering it.
Over the course of a 100,000 years, it's always been like this.
Since half a year ago, the Southern Champion Kingdom's army provoked the Crimson Sky Kingdom's Relentless Thriving City time and time again, causing the pressure of the army within the Relentless Thriving City to increase, and only then did they request for reinforcement troops from the Imperial City.
"This Relentless Thriving City can't be considered to be huge; it is comparable to Aurora City." Duan Ling Tian looked far off into the distance to gaze upon Relentless Thriving City, which was far away, and his brows rose.
"It isn't a County City after all. Besides the Imperial City and the County Cities, there's not much difference between the other cities." Xiao Yu nodded.
Before long, the over 10,000 officers of the Crimson Wyrm Army galloped their horses into the Relentless Thriving City and slowed down at the same time.
Although the size of the Relentless Thriving City was no different from the other cities, like the Aurora City and Iron Blood City, the city was divided into two halves. The southern half of the city was filled with great numbers of stores and streams of people in groups. Whereas the northern half of the city was the border army's campsite, and the northern city wall had even gone through special reinforcement that was aimed towards war, transforming it into a stronghold.
"It's the Crimson Wyrm Army!"
"The Crimson Wyrm Army's arrived. This time we will surely be able to make that Southern Champion Kingdom's army suffer a crushing defeat!"
"Long live the Divine Might Marquis!"
Everywhere the Crimson Wyrm Army went, all the residents of Relentless Thriving City that stood on either side of them would exclaim loudly.