AGM 352 - Fearsome Poisonous Blood
Qin Wentian stared at Mu Feng in surprise, he could clearly feel the hatred and anger Mu Feng had in his gaze. It was as though Qin Wentian was nothing less than his most hated enemy.
"Are you mistaken? I believe this is the first time we've met," Qin Wentian continued, he had no memories of Mu Feng at all.
Mu Feng's aura hadn't abated and soared to even greater heights after Qin Wentian words. The killing intent flickering in his eye grew more and more intense, seemingly burning like an undying flame.
"You guys leave first," Qin Wentian added in a low voice. Right now, he felt exceptionally uncomfortable. The poisonous qi exuded by Mu Feng had already funnelled through his body, corroding him from within. Indeed, poison-users were truly fearsome opponents to fight against.
At this moment, Bailu Yi's face began to darken. Upon seeing this, the killing intent that burst out of Bailu Jing wasn't any less intense than that of Mu Feng. "STAY YOUR HAND!"
Qin Wentian glanced at Bailu Yi before his features also blackened with anger. He felt an intense fire raging in his heart, he truly wasn't acquainted and didn't know of Mu Feng, yet Mu Feng had directly used poison, affecting the innocents around him.
In Grand Xia, poison-users were all to be feared. Even if their cultivation bases were lower, they were still capable of killing people stronger than them.
The name of Poison Monarch was a taboo throughout Grand Xia. His infamy was such that even some transcendent powers would choose to avoid him as they were unwilling to antagonize him.
In the history of Grand Xia, the most ruthless annihilation of an entire sect had been carried out by none other than the Poison Monarch. Legend has it that when the Poison Monarch was still young, he too originated from a great clan. He was handsome, with a sunny disposition and worked extremely hard in his cultivation. However, before his wedding, his fiancée was captured and abused to death. When his clan went to seek revenge for this act of transgression, they were all wiped out, leaving him as the only survivor. After that, Poison Monarch went into closed-door seclusion for many years, only coming out after attaining mastery in his venom arts. When he appeared once more, anything that had the faintest trace of connection with his enemy were annihilated completely, sparing none of the children, women or livestock. In a fit of insane rage, he single-handedly annihilated a major power of over ten thousand in number, wiping them from the face of Grand Xia.
From that moment onwards, the Poison Monarch became a taboo existence in Grand Xia with none daring to offend him.
Against poison-users, one had to be extremely careful. Any lapse in attention would result in death, or worse.
The killing intent radiating from Qin Wentian grew increasingly colder when he noticed Bailu Yi had been poisoned as well. His palm wavered as the young girl near Mu Feng let out a miserable scream. Qin Wentian coldly stated, "If you continue, I shall kill her right now."
Mu Feng coldly stared at the young girl in front of him as he commented, "Didn't I tell you to scram earlier?"
After speaking, he turned his gaze back onto Qin Wentian, "Fine, don't target her. I will only kill you."
"You guys retreat." Qin Wentian warned the others as they gave him a wide berth. In that circle of space, only Qin Wentian and Mu Feng on his bamboo bed were facing off against each other.
A black-colored wind gusted, and even though Qin Wentian held his breath, the blood in his body unconsciously surged up.
"Mandate of Blood." Qin Wentian mused, his opponent's combat prowess was truly terrifying.
Mu Feng's body lightly floated up in the air, and in the next moment, he sliced open a slight wound on his palm, as black-colored blood oozed out.
The blood mixed in with the wind as Mu Feng flew towards Qin Wentian with a speed as fast as lightning. Qin Wentian felt a burning pain in his eyes, and the skin from his entire body beginning to corrode. He felt extremely miserable, this pain was at a hellish level of agony. Opponents who comprehended the Mandate of Blood and incorporated it with the essence of venom arts were exceedingly dangerous to deal with.
Right now, his blood gurgled as his bloodline limits awakened, the demonic qi exuding from him reached the skies, as a scaly demonic armor took form and enveloped his entire body. A fearsome spiral of energy gathered in his palm, which he ruthlessly blasted out as Mu Feng approached. The energy took the shape of a dragon imprint, imbued with overwhelming strength, which then manifested demonic dragons that howled with wrathful roars that echoed from the void.
Mu Feng's eyes remained ice cold as he spat out another mouthful of black blood into the black whirlwind. The black whirlwind swirled and concentrated into gusts of wind, covering his entire fist as Mu Feng, standing strong against that overwhelming pressure, landed next to Qin Wentian and punched out, matching Qin Wentian's palm, hit for hit.
Qin Wentian retreated of his own accord. He usually never retreated voluntarily when it came to a clash of strength against strength. Yet this time around, he had chosen to do so. His opponent's body was covered entirely in poison, so he had to be cautious.
Other than the Mandate of Blood, Mu Feng had also comprehended the Mandate of Wind. Windspeed, his first level insight into the Mandate of Wind, was already at the Perfection Boundary, granting him an enhancement of movement speed by a factor of sixteen.
A ruthless glint of light flickered in Qin Wentian's eyes when he saw how fast Mu Feng was. The Divine Energy within his Yuanfu bubbled and was then channelled right into his arms, together with the power of his bloodline limit.
Abruptly, Qin Wentian dashed forwards instead of continuing his retreat. His hands metamorphosed into the claws of a golden dragon, imbued with an invincible force.
Both terrifying forces of impact collided together as their palms met in mid-air. Mu Feng spat out another mouthful of black blood at Qin Wentian when he neared, while Qin Wentian sidestepped, dodging the worst of it. Yet the windforce controlled by Mu Feng enabled some droplets of black blood to sizzle into Qin Wentian's palm. Instantly, Qin Wentian felt a powerful sensation of corrosion frenziedly eating into his flesh, gradually spreading to all parts of his body.
In that single instant, it seemed as if Qin Wentian's body reservoir of red blood had turned black. His internal organs were all corroding as the color of his face grew darker and darker.
Qin Wentian's countenance drastically changed. Using the force of the collision, he sprang back in retreat, then involuntarily sat down as he stared at Mu Feng in shock.
Mu Feng wasn't any better off, Qin Wentian's strength was beyond his expectations-the bones in his arms which he used to meet Qin Wentian's palm had totally shattered, and he felt his inner organs vibrating violently from the force of impact. His entire body was flung through the air, slamming ruthlessly into the ground as his blood soaked the earth around him.
The young girl in front of him was so afraid when she saw Mu Feng in this state that her tears started to flow unceasingly down her face. She ran over, huddling over Mu Feng as her tiny frame shivered uncontrollably.
"Wentian!" Bailu Yi and the rest similarly rushed to Qin Wentian's side, their countenances were all incredibly ugly to behold.
"He's Mu Feng, ranked #7 on the Heavenly Fate Rankings. Although his combat prowess is somewhat inferior compared to those on the same level as him, his venom arts are exceedingly formidable." Bailu Jing had an expression of worry on his face. "Wentian must have been been afflicted with his poisonous blood."
The black qi within Qin Wentian circulated throughout his body. Mu Feng's venom arts were extraordinary indeed. Even a Heavenly Dipper would be in a similar state as Qin Wentian if they were to be struck by his poison.
"I have no vengeance with you, I don't even know you. Why are you doing this?"
Qin Wentian stared straight at Mu Feng, Mu Feng should understand how terrifying was it to face one of his attacks head on. In addition, Qin Wentian's companions were all by his side-if the poison ended up killing Qin Wentian, Mu Feng wouldn't be able to escape death as well.
He didn't understand why Mu Feng hated him so much.
"No vengeance between us? Why am I doing this? Qin Wentian, I treated you as a brother, you bastard. Not only did you seduce my younger sister, you even killed her after raping her. My parents, my whole family, they were all tortured into insanity before you released them into death." Mu Feng howled, spitting out each word with force, all the while glaring fiercely at Qin Wentian. At this moment, the anger he felt was so overwhelming that it overshadowed the pain from his injuries.
He couldn't forget that horrible scene, witnessing the naked body of his sister, whose eyes were still filled with a horror that not even death could wipe clean. He couldn't forget the bodies of his parents, both mutilated into several parts. He treated Qin Wentian as his brother yet had been stabbed in the back. How laughable and ironic to think that he once made a promise with Qin Wentian to come to Ginkou and fight in the battle to determine their rankings, together as brothers.
Qin Wentian's countenance grew incredibly unsightly to behold. He had never done any of the things Mu Feng mentioned. Yet seeing Mu Feng's appearance, he didn't seem to be lying.
But what the hell, he had never even met Mu Feng before, and because of this supposed grudge, both of them were already in dire straits from exchanging blows with each other. What was going on?
"I will only say one thing. I don't even know who you are, and I've never done any of those things you mentioned." Qin Wentian closed his eyes, at this moment, his face had already turned completely dark. The black-colored qi within his body circulated about, bringing him closer and closer to the boundary that separated life and death.
It was unknown when Qing`er appeared, but when she did, her face was pale and she was trembling as she glanced at Qin Wentian.
"I didn't know." Qing`er had an expression of self-reproach on her flawless features. She had no idea that a single clash would injure Qin Wentian that badly, almost to the point of death.
"Qing`er, don't blame yourself." Qin Wentian opened his eyes, and squeezed out a smile before shutting them again.
At this moment, Fan Le and Chu Mang roared in anger, they lost all reason as resplendent Astral Bows appeared in their hand, locking their arrows onto Mu Feng. Their killing intent was extremely terrifying.
"DIE!" Fan Le howled.
"NOOOO!" The young girl beside Mu Feng stood in front of him with her arms outstretched. She gazed at Fan Le and Chu Mang with a pitiful expression on her face as she implored, "Please, I'm begging you two, please don't kill him."
"Get lost." Mu Feng stated in a heavy voice, yet the girl adamantly shook her head, with tears flowing relentlessly down her face.
"Even if he dies, I want him to die with the truth." Fan Le glared at Mu Feng as he asked, "You said my brother did all those things to your family? When did this happen? And where were you then?"
Mu Feng icily stared back at Fan Le, maintaining his silence. The young girl in front of Mu Feng sobbed, "It was half a year ago, in the Spirit Continent. Because of this, the poisonous qi from Feng gege's venom arts attacked his heart because of qi deviation, which resulted in his body being crippled. After that, he chose to cultivate even more toxic venom arts, all for the sake of revenge. Why is your whole group so heartless? Your friend is so cruel yet you're still set on helping him."
"Bullshit. Half a year ago, the whole lot of us have been cultivating in the Unmatched Realm in the Azure Continent. Immediately after leaving the Unmatched Realm, we challenged the Heavenly Stele Steps and then rushed straight to Ginkou. Are you saying that we know teleportation? Stop your malicious lies."
Fan Le retorted in rage. "Scram, he has to die. If you insist on getting in our way, don't blame me when my arrow sends the both of you to hell."
"This matter was witnessed by countless people in the Azure Continent. You can ask around if you don't believe us," Chu Mang added. Upon hearing their words, the young girl's countenance paled, "Impossible, how can this be?"
"I can be a witness too." Qing`er walked up. Looking at Qing`er's aura that was untainted by the world, the young girl's intuition told her that Qing`er wouldn't lie. And even if she did, at this point was there even a need to lie when they had already outnumbered her and Mu Feng?
"How can this be? I've interacted with him for so many days, how can I mistake another person for him?" Mu Feng coughed out a mouthful of blood when he heard their words. After the poison qi attacked his heart back then, he'd almost died. After surviving from that ordeal, he practiced a kind of terrifying venom art that allowed the poison elements within his body to integrate with his blood fully. The toxicity within him were all held back at a boiling point with the entirety of his strength. He didn't even have the energy to do anything else-he could only make it here because the girl in front of him had pulled him all the way from the Spirit Continent.
With a bated breath of venom, he'd contained all the poison within him just to kill Qin Wentian when he met him again. How could it be a case of mistaken identity?
Qin Wentian had no words to reply when he heard that. Given how crazed Mu Feng's attacks were, he definitely wasn't lying. In that case, there was only a single possibility left. There was someone masquerading as him, wanting to harm him to the extent of even luring Mu Feng from thousands of miles away to poison him to death.
And right now, as the poison within Qin Wentian's body came into contact with that candle flame, the poison had no way to extinguish it. In fact, that candle flame was counter-devouring the poison instead, causing Qin Wentian's eyes to light up.
His second bloodline granted him invulnerability to poison?
He was saved, yet Qin Wentian couldn't help but heave a sigh of relief. What a close shave. Given Mu Feng's proficiency in the venom arts, even the top few rankers above him on the Heavenly Fate Rankings would fear him. Nobody would dare guarantee they would win or even retreat unharmed if the opponent they were facing was Mu Feng!