Chapter 374 The Gao Clan
Hearing the news that Anderson had been seriously injured and even entered a coma, Fang Xingjian frowned and asked, "What happened? Who did it?"
Ferdinand replied, "The Gao Clan's Second Young Master. It was said that the two of them had gotten into a conflict at a dinner banquet. Anderson was surrounded, attacked, and knocked out. They have already apologized, but there was no further mention of the azure dragon's scale."
Fang Xingjian shook his head and sighed, "What about Zhou Xingwen?"
"Old Zhou is still in the north. He has just headed to the Northern Ice Region."
"Who is the strongest in the Gao Clan?"
Ferdinand replied, "The Gao Clan's clan head, Gao Zixuan. He keeps himself in seclusion for training all year round. However, there's news that he's already at the second transition and a level 27 expert. Although he isn't a Conferred Knight of the Empire, he is the Sovereign of the Fiery Martial Style and is a master of the Fiery Martial Style Killing technique, Conflagrant Mountain Boiling Sea."
Fang Xingjian fell silent for a moment before letting out a sigh, and he said, "Forget it, I'll make a trip personally."
Ferdinand was shocked and said, "Xingjian, you're going to make a trip personally? Isn't it a little dangerous? Right now, the Sand Country's assassins and the First Prince's subordinates have their eyes on you. It'll be too dangerous for you to leave the Great Western City."
Fang Xingjian shook his head and said, "The assassins from Sand Country aren't worth mentioning. As for the First Prince, before he has attained the Divine level, he'll still have his reservations against the Holy Orison and thus will not take action easily.
"Moreover, since the other party dares to raise his hands against Anderson even when he knows about me... He must have strong backings. It'll probably be tough for Old Zhou to handle this."
"Then what about Gao Zixuan? If he really is at level 27..."
"Level 27 is of no threat to me." Fang Xingjian often cultivated with Head of Department James and had a rough understanding of high-level Conferred Knights. "If I want to leave, there's nothing they can do to stop me."
His best reliances were his sword techniques, specialties, attributes, ability to unleash more of the powers from the Heavenly Abyss Annihilation Armor, as well as the Heaven's Volition Sword Intent which had been circulating continuously deep in his consciousness.
"Give me a copy of the information regarding the Gao Clan. I'll set off tomorrow and try to make it so that I can get back on the same day."
With Fang Xingjian's speed, if he moved fast enough, it was really possible for him to head there and return on the same day.
However, even if that was the case, he would have lost one day. Time was very precious to him now, and one day would allow him to bring a few sets of sword techniques to the maximum level.
Thereafter, Fang Xingjian returned to his training room in the Sacred Land and began comprehending the intriguing aspects of a level 24 Conferred Knight with a synchronization rate of 50%.
With his Heaven's Perception, Fang Xingjian could clearly sense the energy of all items in the world and the flow of energy in the air.
With every thrust of his sword he made, aside from the considerations he had to made for his physical strength, the air, gravity, as well as fluctuations, he was also able to grasp the energy from other things in the world. All material substances in the world were exuding energy at all times. For example, heat or light.
'Level 24, with the synchronization rate breaking through to 50% and being able to sense the energy from all things in the world... When a Conferred Knight reaches this stage, each stance from their Killing technique would be able to tap on the energy from all living things, increasing the damage prowess and range of the stances by many folds.'
Fang Xingjian thrust out with his sword, and an additional hint of a blurry glow appeared on the tip of his sword. This was the demolition sword light which had been condensed after he performed the Prodigious Demolition Sword.
As Fang Xingjian swung his longsword about, all the places the demolition sword light passed by would have a layer of the ground eradicated. All the air in the area instantly disappeared. There were no sound of air currents as the longsword swung about. This was because everything which came into contact with the demolition sword light was wiped out.
It was truly an attack which exterminated everything; even sound could not be transmitted out.
After stepping into level 24, Fang Xingjian could sense that his speed and efficiency in condensing the demolition sword light were now more than double before. He could sense that as he thrust his sword out, all the energy in the air was added into the sword's body.
Previously, he had been limited to being capable of only eradicating a few tons of material substances. However, right now, he was able to eradicate over ten tons worth of material substances before the demolition sword light would disappear.
Fang Xingjian's lips curled up into a faint smile. With a flash, he appeared over 100 meters up in the sky while activating his Zenith Light Sword Formation. Six light spots soon appeared on his back.
However, at the next moment, countless energies were added into the light spots, and each one transformed from the size of a fist into the size of a head.
Fang Xingjian squinted his eyes slightly, and with his Heaven's Perception, he looked at a mountain over ten kilometers away.
The Zenith Light Sword Formation shot out, and a stream of light sword cut across the air. Like a laser cannon, it struck a huge boulder 15 kilometers away. More than half of the boulder was melted instantly.
Fang Xingjian could sense that the light sword shot, which the Zenith Light Sword Formation had shot out, was absorbing the light and heat from the air as it travelled, continuously increasing its prowess.
He then fired another few more shots and realized that not only had the prowess of the Zenith Light Sword Formation increased, its range had also increased to 20 kilometers.
Fang Xingjian then tried out the Ether Sword Ripples. With just a thought, ten streams of sword ripples swept out, slashing the air and burning the atmosphere. They shot out in all directions like fiery meteors.
After his recent period of cultivation, his agility attribute had reached 259 points. Moreover, even though the increase in his speed was slowed down due to air resistance, with the enhancement of his specialties, his highest speed had also attained a breakthrough to 16 times that of supersonic speed. Due to this, as the ether sword ripples exploded, the friction in the air was like the scattering of meteors. Fire sparks shot out in all directions as a burning smell filled the air.
The even more terrifying thing was that this unleashing of his Ether Sword Ripples did not just exceed the ten-meter radius of the Heaven's Perception. In addition to this, they only slowly dissipated after reaching 30 meters away.
As expected, after his synchronization rate reached 50% and he had advanced to level 24, both the prowess and range of his sword technique had increased tremendously.
A level 23 Knight would strengthen his body by using the heavenly thunders and terrestrial magnetism forces, while a level 24 Knight could tap into the energy of all things in the world to increase the prowess of his Killing technique.
'However, has the effect of the increase in the agility attribute gotten increasingly weaker due to the resistance from the atmosphere? It's better for me to add the potential points from now on for the other attributes first.'
Fang Xingjian could sense the speed of the Ether Sword Ripples in the same way he sensed the changes to his sword arts cultivation.
When he performed a sword technique again, Fang Xingjian could sense a strange feeling. In his Stats Window, the Unparalleled Sword Intent - Apex seemed to be restless as well.
In midair, Fang Xingjian took a step and shot forward. The longsword he held, which was formed from condensed water vapor, swung about, encompassing half the air in sword light. Fang Xingjian then continued to perform a set of sword technique.
The Unparalleled Sword Intent - Apex was originally capable of allowing him to clearly understand all the weakness of everything in the world and pick up any sword techniques especially quickly. However, as his cultivation gradually increased, it even allowed him to slash and cut through everything.
Fang Xingjian had only been able to rely on his bare hands to cut through Empire's Divine Weapon but did not know how to progress further.
However, after leveling up consecutively and as his ether synchronization rate increased, he was progressively able to sense fluctuations, heavenly thunders and terrestrial magnetism forces, as well as the energies of everything in the world. The standard of his Unparalleled Sword Intent - Apex was finally raised.
After a long time, his movements gradually came to a stop, and an extremely sharp aura seemed to be flowing throughout his entire body.
Looking at his palm, he suddenly slid against it lightly with his finger, not using any strength nor power. Kach kacha sounds rang out. To think that just purely from the mastery of his sword arts alone, he had left a white scar on the surface of the Heavenly Abyss Annihilation Armor.
After the time of a few breaths, the power of the Heavenly Abyss Annihilation Armor circulated, removing the white scar.
Fang Xingjian knew that the standard of his Unparalleled Sword Intent - Apex would continue to increase together with his ether synchronization rate. Right now, he could easily slice through any Inferior Divine Weapon just with his bare hands. If he were to go all out, he would probably be able to even cut through a Superior Divine Weapon. His powers had increased tremendously once again.
Fang Xingjian had originally been able to rely on his battle prowess, which surpassed that of ordinary Conferred Knights, to battle against level 25 or even level 26 Conferred Knights. Now that he had advanced to level 24 and had become stronger through obtaining the powers of all things in the world, the range and prowess of his sword techniques were not the only things which soared with upgrades. His sword arts cultivation would also improve together with the progress of his Unparalleled Sword Intent - Apex.
Moreover, with his Heavenly Abyss Annihilation Armor, Terra Ingurgitation, and Heaven's Volition Sword Intent, Fang Xingjian had greater confidence than before that he would be able to defeat a level 27 Conferred Knight.