Chapter 108: Greed
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Fan Jian's voice was filled with a trace of mercilessness...
"Cloud Leopard? Third level Core Formation fierce beast?"
The expression of some of the youths in Squad Three went grim.
These youths were all only second level Core Formation martial artists.
Just at this moment, four figures had already left at the first moment, attracting the attention of the remaining youths...
"It's Duan Ling Tian's group!"
"That Luo Cheng really has good luck. Now that he's become Duan Ling Tian's friend, this mission will be extremely simple for him with Duan Ling Tian's help."
"Enough. There's no use mentioning this; let's discuss how we're going to cooperate."
While the group of youths from Squad Three were still in discussion, Duan Ling Tian's group of four had already entered deep into the inner area of the Dawnshroud Mountain Range.
"Luo Cheng, your luck isn't bad since you're able to rely on Duan Ling Tian with us."
Meng Quan patted Luo Cheng's shoulder as he grinned.
Luo Cheng paid no attention to Meng Quan and instead looked towards Duan Ling Tian with a serious expression. "Duan Ling Tian, if we encounter a Cloud Leopard, I hope you don't help me right away... I want to try myself, and I only want you to help me only if I encounter danger. Is that OK?"
Duan Ling Tian glanced at Luo Cheng with slight surprise before nodding.
He really didn't notice that the Luo Cheng who was usually like a girl would have such a staunch and resolute side.
"Luo Cheng, you're really asking for extra trouble. With Duan Ling Tian here, we really don't have any need to do anything." Meng Quan shook his head and laughed.
Duan Ling Tian abruptly laughed and said, "Meng Quan, just based on what you said, you're going to hunt your Cloud Panther yourself... or you can ask Xiao Yu to help you, because I won't."
"F**k! Duan Ling Tian, that joke isn't funny at all." Meng Quan was dumbstruck.
After saying that, he looked towards Xiao Yu only to see Xiao Yu turn his head away, acting as if he didn't notice his gaze.
He suddenly felt that he had fallen into a pit he had dug himself!
"Duan Ling Tian."
Suddenly, Xiao Yu looked towards Duan Ling Tian and asked, "How did you achieve the state between asleep and awake? One, you're not a soldier that experienced hundreds of battles and is accustomed to camping outside; two, you're no an assassin; three, you're not an Origin Core Stage powerhouse.... Do you have some sort of secret technique?"
Obviously, Xiao Yu was interested in Duan Ling Tian's method of achieving the state between asleep and awake.
As far as he could guess, Duan Ling Tian surely had some sort of secret technique.
No matter whether it was the breathing rhythm when running, or the boring of wood to make fire, they were all things that made him realize how miraculous Duan Ling Tian was.
"Xiao Yu, this time I'm afraid I have to disappoint you... I really don't have a secret technique for this." Duan Ling Tian shook his head.
Experiencing hundreds of battles and accustomed to camping outside?
Didn't this exactly portray his previous life as a mercenary?
Moreover, even if he didn't have this experience...
Relying on his soul, which was comparable to an Origin Core martial artist's soul, he would be able to do many things that only Origin Core martial artists could... including the means of entering into the state between asleep and awake.
"Then, next time I sleep, I'll have to trouble you to take care of me. Remember to wake me up when a fierce beasts attacks.... I can finally sleep properly tonight." Xiao Yu's eyes flashed with a cunning smile.
"Me too." Meng Quan's eyes shone.
"I... I want it too," Luo Cheng said bashfully.
"Want your sister! If you want it, ask Meng Quan!" The corners of Duan Ling Tian's mouth twitched as he glared at Luo Cheng...
"Don't you know that I don't swing that way?"
In next to no time, Duan Ling Tian's group of four encountered their first Cloud Leopard, which was dealt with by Luo Cheng.
Although Luo Cheng's martial skills were all cultivated to a good level, he was only a second level Core Formation martial artist after all, and thus he was quickly forced into a disadvantageous position by the Cloud Panther.
Xiao Yu's figure jerked and was about to flash over to help Luo Cheng.
Duan Ling Tian moved his hand to press onto Xiao Yu's shoulder and he lightly shook his head. "Not yet."
Xiao Yu looked at Luo Cheng with an uncertain expression.
Before long, Xiao Yu seemed to have noticed something, and the corners of his mouth held a hint of a smile.
Just at this moment, Luo Cheng roared, and the Origin Energy on his fist exploded forth.
Above him, besides the three ancient mammoth silhouettes, one more ancient mammoth silhouette appeared...
The strength of four ancient mammoths!
Third level of the Core Formation Stage!
Luo Cheng shattered the skull of the Cloud Leopard with a single punch, then the Cloud Leopard struggled for a few moments before crashing to the ground.
Luo Cheng bent his waist as he breathed out heavily. A smile appeared on his face when he gazed at the Cloud Leopard's corpse.
"What the heck?" Meng Quan was stupefied.
Luo Cheng breaking through to the third level of the Core Formation Stage would also mean that among their group of four, he was the bottom-feeder.
"Meng Quan, didn't you say you wanted to spar a few rounds with me?" Luo Cheng looked towards Meng Quan and grinned.
Meng Quan glared at Luo Cheng. "Luo Cheng, don't be too complacent; once I break through to the third level of the Core Formation Stage, I'll surely beat you to a pulp."
"Lucky bastard! Being able to break through just like that." Meng Quan felt extremely speechless.
"Meng Quan, why don't I help you deal with your Cloud Leopard? I won't trouble you to do anything." Xiao Yu's eyes narrowed as he smiled.
"No, I still need to rely on it to help me break through!"
Meng Quan hurriedly shook his head. As far as he was concerned, since Luo Cheng could break through while battling a Cloud Leopard, he could as well.
However, he was bound to be disappointed.
In the end, Xiao Yu still helped him, and only then was he able to successfully kill the Cloud Leopard.
Duan Ling Tian's group of four spent the entire morning searching for their four Cloud Leopards...
"It's already noon. Let's go hunt some fierce beasts for lunch."
After finishing the mission, Meng Quan's mood was elated.
Duan Ling Tian and the other two all agreed to his suggestion.
Suddenly, a wave of earsplitting roars sounded from afar.
These roars were accompanied by the quaking of the ground...
"Looks like some fierce beasts know that we're hungry and decided to send themselves over."
Meng Quan rubbed his palms together as he waited for his prey to arrive...
However, his expression quickly turned grim.
Duan Ling Tian and the other two of their group also had grim expressions.
"Scorching Tiger, a level four Core Formation Stage fierce beast! Oh my god, there's seven..." Luo Cheng exhaled a breath of cold air.
"All of you, take the Cloud Leopards and leave first," Duan Ling Tian decisively said.
"What about you?" Meng Quan's expression distorted.
"I'll bait them away.... If I don't, once they pounce at us together, I won't be able to take care of all of you. Hurry up and go!" Duan Ling Tian said, with a serious expression.
"How could it be possible for fourth level Core Formation Stage fierce beasts to appear here?" Xiao Yu's eyes flickered with a slightly puzzled expression.
"It isn't the time to talk about this; just hurry up and leave," Duan Ling Tian urged once more.
"Duan Ling Tian, be careful. Let's go!"
Xiao Yu nodded as he realized the severity of the matter. He then received the Cloud Leopard Duan Ling Tian passed over to him before beckoning Meng Quan and Luo Cheng to follow him and leave.
If he stayed behind, he would only be a burden.
"Duan Ling Tian, we'll be waiting for you to return."
Meng Quan and Luo Cheng glanced at Duan Ling Tian's figure before gritting their teeth and following Xiao Yu to leave.
"Looks like I need to go all out today."
Duan Ling Tian's eyes focused as he looked at the seven enormous tigers whose bodies seemed to be burning ablaze and silently awaited their arrival.
If he was an ordinary fourth level Core Formation martial artist, he would only be able to bait the Scorching Tigers away.
But he wasn't...
If he were to exert his full strength, his entire strength was comparable to a fifth level Core Formation martial artist!
The Scorching Tiger was a fourth level Core Formation Stage fierce beast with a body of crimson-red fur. When it moved, it seemed like a ball of fire blazing, and this was how it got its name.
The seven Scorching Tigers arrived not far away from Duan Ling Tian in but a blink of an eye before howling and pouncing towards him.
The sound of air exploding could be heard as the seven Scorching Tigers approached in full fury.
Above them, each one appeared six ancient mammoth silhouettes....
A total of 42 ancient mammoth silhouettes dashed onwards!
"Bring it on!"
Duan Ling Tian's eyes emitted a bright light as an excited smile appeared on his face.
Ever since he gained the strength of seven ancient mammoths, he hadn't had the chance to exert his strength to his heart's content. Today was undoubtedly an opportunity for him.
Spirit Serpent Movement Technique!
Although he was only using a high grade Profound Rank movement technique at the Mastery Stage, relying on the strength of an extra ancient mammoth compared to these Scorching Tigers allowed Duan Ling Tian's speed to completely overcome the Scorching Tigers.
In the blink of an eye, Duan Ling Tian seemed to have transformed into a spirit serpent as he brushed past one of the approaching Scorching Tigers and appeared on its back before sitting down on it.
The Scorching Tiger was enraged as it shook its body, trying to throw Duan Ling Tian off.
However, Duan Ling Tian straddled himself onto the Scorching Tiger's back and was stable like a mountain, not moving a single inch.
"Don't worry, even if you don't want to let me get down, I will get down on my own soon."
Duan Ling Tian's gaze went cold and his hand pressed upon the sword hilt on his waist, drawing his Violet Myrtle Flexible Sword.
His sword flashed out, exploding forth with his entire strength of seven ancient mammoths. He didn't use any martial skills; the sword directly pierced into the enormous head of the Scorching Tiger.
Blood splattered everywhere.
The Scorching Tiger let out a sad and shrill growl before its body dropped down to the ground.
Duan Ling Tian used the back of the Scorching Tiger as a stepping point and jumped onto the back of the other six Scorching Tigers, relying on his extraordinary speed and strength to kill the Scorching Tigers one by one.
The seven Scorching Tigers all fell to his sword.
Duan Ling Tian heaved a sigh of relief as he sheathed the Violet Myrtle Flexible Sword in his hand.
Duan Ling Tian's gaze flickered and then the Violet Myrtle Flexible Sword was once again drawn. He forcefully tore off the skin and fur of the Scorching Tigers, as well as some of their body parts, and then stored them all inside his Spatial Ring.
Presently, the Spatial Ring on Duan Ling Tian's hand was the Spatial Ring that the Boundless Sect's Young Sect Leader had left behind.
This Spatial Ring was much better than the Spatial Ring he obtained from the Aqua Mist City's He Clan's Supreme Elder, He Zu Dao, as its space was a few times larger.
It was a Spatial Ring that was a Grade Six Spirit Weapon.
As for He Zu Dao's spatial ring, he had left it to Ke Er.
After all, during the time he left, Ke Er would need to replace him and continue the Six Treasures Body Tempering Liquid collaboration with Tang Yin, and thus it would be more convenient for her to put away the silver if she had a Spatial Ring.
"Humph! Consider yourselves unlucky."
Duan Ling Tian took one last look at the badly mutilated bodies of the seven Scorching Tigers before preparing to return.
Just at this moment, a voice abruptly sounded.
Duan Ling Tian's expression instantly distorted.
A figure flew out from the other side of a nearby hill and descended in front of Duan Ling Tian.
Duan Ling Tian's expression sunk.
The person who was currently standing in front of him was none other than one of the two Centurions that spoke for Yu Xiang after he had lost the gamble yesterday.
But why would he be here?
At this moment, the Centurion's eyes flickered with a greedy brilliance, causing Duan Ling Tian to feel that this turn of events was far from good...