Chapter 56: Satisfying!
Translator: / KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
The cultivation stage of Li Yuan's offensive martial skill, Heart Destruction Palm, was comparable to Ke Er's defensive martial skill, Stealth Substitution.
The same spear and the same shield...
If the two were to clash head on, the end result would be both perishing together.
Earlier, Ke Er's defensive qi barrier fully removed the force from Li Yuan's palm strike and subsequently dispersed it, completing its mission.
And right before Li Yuan could catch a breath, Ke Er's Sword Drawing Arts would be able to easily kill him!
So Ke Er winning wasn't anything strange!
"This little girl, what a remarkable sword skill, and her defensive martial skill should be a high grade Profound Rank martial skill without a doubt."
On the high platform, the Li Clan Patriarch's gaze descended upon the young girl, slightly startled.
"Yeah, although her sword skill was the same sword strike back and forth, its might is extraordinary, and it seems to have an extremely large room for improvement."
One of the elderly people on the side nodded in agreement.
"I've had my eye on this little girl for some time. She and that Duan Ling Tian were recommended by the Fresh Breeze Town Branch Family. The Branch Family of Fresh Breeze Town have really done a great merit this time."
The lead Chief Judge, namely the white-eyebrowed old man, lightly smiled.
"Duan Ling Tian? I heard that some time ago, when this kid was at the eighth level of the Body Tempering Stage and by relying upon his marvelous sword skill, he defeated the Lin Clan's Patriarch's youngest," said another one of the elderly people beside Li Ao as his eyes shone brightly.
"That did indeed happen."
The white-eyebrowed old man nodded with a light smile.
"Duan Ling Tian, Li Kuang!"
The judge's voice transmitted out, attracting the attention of many outer court disciples.
For a period of time, the crowd of outer court disciples started surging over, surrounding the combat arena Duan Ling Tian and Li Kuang were on.
It was extraordinarily bustling.
They greatly looked forward to this battle.
No matter whether it was Li Kuang or Duan Ling Tian, they weren't strangers to them.
Li Kuang, the former top disciple in the outer court.
Duan Ling Tian, a Branch Family Disciple that arrived at the Main Clan two months ago, having once defeated Lin Qi, who was considered equal to Li Kuang.
Thanks to that battle, he became famous in the outer court.
Li Kuang was a name Duan Ling Tian had heard of many times.
Today, however, was the first time seeing him in the flesh.
Li Kuang was around the age of seventeen, with a tall and thick build, and a pair of eyes that were brimming with radiating vigor.
"Duan Ling Tian, I returned from the Misty Forest a few days ago, and then I heard about your deeds...I have to say, you being able to defeat Lin Qi really caused me to be surprised. But if you think you can rely on that to defeat me, then you're extremely mistaken!"
Li Kuang spoke in a clear-cut, straightforward manner without the slightest amount of beating around the bushes.
Duan Ling Tian smiled indifferently.
On the high platform.
"This one is Duan Ling Tian?"
The Patriarch, Li Ao, took a few extra glances at the violet-clothed youth in the combat arena.
"You're right, it's him. The other day, he used his eighth level Body Tempering cultivation to defeat Lin Qi... Now that has even broken through to the ninth level of the Body Tempering Stage, Li Kuang probably isn't his match."
The white-eyebrowed old man slightly nodded.
"That isn't certain. Li Kuang allegedly stayed in the Misty Forest for a few months. After fighting with wild animals throughout those days, he certainly would have had a breakthrough."
Another elderly person disapproved.
In the combat arena.
Li Kuang's body jerked as he moved like thunder.
His arm's jerked as his body flew out like a gust of wind, like a roc spreading its wings, flying towards Duan Ling Tian.
Above his head, an ancient mammoth silhouette dashed out with him, in a threatening manner.
Duan Ling Tian's eyes narrowed.
At the instant Li Kuang's body moved, he noticed.
Li Kuang's movement technique's cultivation stage was comparable to the cultivation stage of his Spirit Serpent Movement Technique.
Li Kuang arrived in front of Duan Ling Tian in the blink of an eye, bringing with him a palm strike that carried the force to split open a mountain, flying straight towards Duan Ling Tian's chest in full fury.
"It's time to end this."
Duan Ling Tian muttered to himself.
Instantly, an ancient mammoth silhouette formed above him!
He casually placed his right hand on his waist...
Duan Ling Tian stood on the spot, immovable like a mountain.
Facing Li Kuang's palm strike without an intention to dodge.
As if planning to withstand Li Kuang's palm strike head on.
The spectators that surrounded the combat arena were stupefied.
Has this Duan Ling Tian gone mad?
Li Kuang's Alkaid Palm was a middle grade Profound Rank offensive martial skill at the Perfection Stage, so splitting mountains and shattering rocks was nothing difficult for it.
Was this Duan Ling Tian thinking of using his fleshly body to withstand the strike forcefully?
On the high platform.
"What's this kid trying to do?"
Patriarch Li Ao had a startled expression. Across his lifetime, it was the first time he had ever seen such a bizarre scene.
"Could it be that his defensive martial skill's cultivation level is on par with Li Kuang's Alkaid Palm?"
The elderly person on his side was dumbfounded as well.
On the combat arena.
"If you want to seek death, then I'll fulfill your wish!"
The corners of Li Kuang's mouth curled into a sneer as his palm blasted down, only a meter away from Duan Ling Tian's chest...
As far as Li Kuang was concerned, unless Duan Ling Tian's defensive martial skill was on par with his Alkaid Palm, it would be impossible for Duan Ling Tian to withstand his palm strike forcefully.
However, in the entire Aurora City Li Clan's disciples below the age of twenty, there was only one person able to cultivate his defensive martial skill's cultivation stage to be on par with his Alkaid Palm.
That person was already nineteen this year.
Whereas Duan Ling Tian was only sixteen.
In his opinion, the chances of this happening were too slim.
"Has he gone mad?!"
At the side of the combat arena, different from Ke Er's absolute confidence towards Duan Ling Tian, Li Shi Shi had an expression filled with worry.
Li Kuang was an existence stronger than her.
Even if her high grade Profound Rank sword skill, Synchronous Shadow Sword, was cultivated to the Initial Stage, relying upon her three-foot-long blade, she had no confidence whatsoever to defeat Li Kuang.
Under the gazes of everyone present.
At the critical moment.
Duan Ling Tian moved.
The arm which he had casually placed on his waist earlier abruptly moved in a circle, swinging directly outwards...
Without using any martial skill.
Just a casual circular swing.
In the next moment, everyone saw.
Duan Ling Tian's right arm mercilessly slammed upon Li Kuang's chest, shattering the defensive qi barrier that appeared instantaneously on Li Kuang's body.
Li Kuang's palm strike was just a hair's distance away from Duan Ling Tian's chest, but unable to descend in the end.
Li Kuang's body was blasted flying by Duan Ling Tian's arm, which swung at him in a circular motion. He flew like arrow leaving the bowstring and collided into the side of the high platform before continuously spitting out a few mouthfuls of blood. Only then did he drop to the ground.
Duan Ling Tian spat out a mouthful of foul air.
Although he didn't use any martial skills, he did, however, use 18,000 pounds of strength...
Under the precondition of not drawing upon the forces of heaven and earth and developing it into the second ancient mammoth silhouette, swinging out his right arm and solidly blasting Li Kuang's chest causing him to be blasted flying!
It has to be said that this type of feeling....
Was f**king satisfying!
A feeling that made his blood boil.
He quickly noticed that including the Patriarch and his fellow elders on the high platform, everyone who saw the battle between him and Li Kuang was maintaining a dumbstruck expression.
Until he jumped off the combat arena, only then were they able to react.
"A casual swing of the arm without even using martial skills was able to break Li Kuang's Mastery Stage defense martial skills and blast Li Kuang flying... Is this Duan Ling Tian really only a Body Tempering martial artist?"
"Is he really a human?"
The people who were able to regain their senses were all stupefied.
If Duan Ling Tian was a Core Formation martial artist who could rely on his Origin Energy and fleshy body, such a feat would not leave them shocked.
But Duan Ling Tian didn't use Origin Energy; he only relied upon the strength of his fleshly body to casually swing his arm...
It was truly unbelievable.
How did he do it?
On the high platform.
Patriarch Li Ao and the elders all glanced at each other.
In their hearts, they had the same question.
"Can it be that he has innate superhuman strength?" One of the elderly people took a deep breath as he guessed.
"There could only be this possibility... I could feel that the casual circular motion he swung his arm in contained a force exceeding 15,000 pounds. I reckon it was just a slight distance away from drawing upon the forces of heaven and earth to develop a second ancient mammoth silhouette."
Li Ao nodded, agreeing to this.
"Normally, even if it was innate superhuman strength, at the ninth level of the Body Tempering Stage, their strength would at most be 2,000 pounds higher than the average person's. This Duan Ling Tian is indeed bizarre," another elderly person said.
On the side of the combat arena, the crowd split open a path.
"It won't affect your ability to compete for the top ten, right?"
Duan Ling Tian walked to the panting Li Kuang, who was leaning on the side of the high platform.
He was smiling in an amicable manner. After all, he didn't have any enmity with Li Kuang.
Li Kuang took a deep glance at Duan Ling Tian.
He was lucky that his defensive martial skill had helped him withstand most of the force, or else his injuries would not be so light.
He had to respect Duan Ling Tian's strength!
As far as he was concerned, Duan Ling Tian was virtually a freak.
Duan Ling Tian nodded and smiled.
"It was all thanks to you showing mercy and not using martial skills, or else I probably would have lost my chance to make it into the top ten."
Li Kuang sighed.
Duan Ling Tian smiled embarrassedly before returning to Ke Er's side.
"What, is there something on my face?"
Noticing Li Shi Shi's strange gaze from beside Ke Er, Duan Ling Tian stared blankly.
After holding back for a while, Li Shi Shi finally spat out a word.
Duan Ling Tian's expression couldn't help but freeze.
Actually, it wasn't only Li Shi Shi who thought this way.
Among the surrounding people, most of them sized up Duan Ling Tian with a gaze that seemed like they were looking at a freak.
"Brother, after he broke through to the ninth level of the Body Tempering Stage, Duan Ling Tian actually became so much stronger...."
Nearby, Li Xiao looked towards Li Zhong. His expression was ugly.
"Even I didn't expect this."
Li Zhong's eyes flickered and the corners of his mouth smiled faintly.
As far as he was concerned, only now did it have a sense of meaning. If Duan Ling Tian was too weak, it would be boring.
"Brother, the other day you shouldn't have...."
Li Xiao suppressed his voice to a low sound, his tone had a hint of complaint.
"What, have you grown your wings? Are you daring to question my decisions?" Li Zhong's tone turned grim, interrupting Li Xiao.
"No...It's not like that!" Li Xiao's expression had a sense of fear as he hurriedly denied it.
Even if it was true, he wouldn't dare admit it.
On the other side.
"Brother An, this kid's strength isn't something to take lightly. He defeated Li Kuang without using any martial skills," the green-clothed youth said to the grey-clothed youth beside him.
"Humph! So what? Just like I said before, until the day he steps into the Core Formation Stage, he can only be considered an ordinary martial artist."
The gray-clothed youth laughed in disdain.
"Of course, Brother An, you're a Core Formation martial artist; no matter how strong this kid is, he is still at the Body Tempering Stage. He will naturally not be a match for you."
The green-clothed youth seized the opportunity to kiss the grey-clothed youth's ass.