Chapter 109: Transacting at a Loss
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor:
"Centurion, Sir, why are you here?" Duan Ling Tian's expression remained unchanged as he coolly asked.
"What do you think?" the Centurion's gaze was slightly cold as he replied rhetorically.
"Could it be that those seven Scorching Tigers were drawn here by Centurion?" Duan Ling Tian's pupils constricted.
Normally, it was impossible for fierce beasts at or above the fourth level of the Core Formation Stage to appear in the area he was currently in...
Even if one really did appear, it would at most be one or two fierce beasts.
But earlier, there were seven Scorching Tigers at the fourth level of the Core Formation Stage, and they appeared together. Combined with the Centurion's timely appearance, it was extremely difficult for him not to link the two matters together.
"You're very intelligent."
The Centurion looked at Duan Ling Tian. "I originally thought that the seven Scorching Tigers would be enough to tear you to shreds, but I never expected that you had actually concealed your strength during the Genius Camp test; you're actually a fifth level Core Formation martial artist!"
Fifth level Core Formation martial artist.
It wasn't anything noteworthy.
But if you added on the fact that the person with this cultivation level was a youth that wasn't even 17 yet, then it would be terrifying.
A fifth level Core Formation martial artist that wasn't even 17 yet; there hadn't been an appearance of such a monster across the Crimson Sky Kingdom's hundreds of years of history...
"Centurion, Sir, I don't think there are any grievances between us, but I wonder why you want to cause harm to me?" Duan Ling Tian inhaled a deep breath and his eyes flickered.
Although he already had a guess in his heart, he still wanted to confirm it.
"Haha... Duan Ling Tian, if you want to blame something, then blame yourself for failing to show restraint! If it wasn't for you casing Yu Hong to lose his position as Centurion, Yu Hong wouldn't have targeted you, and he wouldn't have entrusted me with taking care of you during the Genius Camp training." As far as the Centurion was concerned, Duan Ling Tian was already a dead man, and as such he didn't hesitate in the slightest.
Duan Ling Tian's eyes turned cold. So it really was him!
Yu Xiang's elder brother, Yu Hong.
"Needless to say, your natural talent really shocked me. Maybe if you're given another two years, even I won't be a match for you.... But unfortunately, you're going to lose your life here today!" The Centurion's eyes flashed with killing intent.
Origin Energy suffused between his hands and then 11 ancient mammoths silhouettes condensed into form above him, their imposing manner piercing through the sky.
This Centurion was an eighth level Core Formation martial artist!
Duan Ling Tian's gaze flickered as he shouted in a low voice.
"What, you have some dying words?" the Centurion asked indifferently.
"If you let me go, I'll give you 1,000,000 silver. How about it?" Duan Ling Tian's eyes narrowed as he slowly asked.
"1,000,000 silver? Needless to say, that's really enticing.... However, if I'm not wrong, the 1,000,000 silver you spoke of is kept inside your Spatial Ring, right? As long as I kill you, everything inside your Spatial Ring will be mine, including that silver." A smile appeared on the face of the Centurion; it was as if Duan Ling Tian's Spatial Ring was already inside his pocket.
"I originally was only doing Yu Hong a favor by driving those seven Scorching Tigers over here to let them kill you! But never would I have expected that you actually concealed your strength and would be able to deal with all seven of the Scorching Tigers.... And what is even more unexpected was that you actually possess a valuable item like a Spatial Ring!" As he finished speaking, the Centurion's face was covered with killing intent.
As far as he was concerned, as long as he killed Duan Ling Tian, everything Duan Ling Tian owned would be his.
"So you got greedy, right?" Duan Ling Tian's eyes narrowed as he asked in an indifferent manner.
The Centurion sneered. "I don't feel like wasting my breath on you anymore; I'll kill you right now and take your Spatial Ring!"
"Are you so confident that you can kill me?" Duan Ling Tian started laughing.
Hearing what he said, the Centurion's heart jerked, and he started inspecting the surroundings. When he noticed that there wasn't anything amiss, he sneered and said, "Duan Ling Tian, cut the crap. You will undoubtedly die today, unless you have a strength that surpasses mine that is; however, that's impossible!"
The Centurion moved the second he finished speaking.
His figure dragged out a string of after images as it flew out and flashed straight towards Duan Ling Tian.
Above him, 11 ancient mammoth silhouettes dashed like the wind...
Duan Ling Tian's eyes went cold as he moved to intercept.
Spirit Serpent Movement Technique!
His body moved as if it had transformed into a nimble and agile spirit serpent.
Sword Drawing Arts!
The violet sword light was like a poisonous snake's tongue as it flashed towards the Centurion that was menacingly approaching.
Instantly, eight ancient mammoth silhouettes appeared above Duan Ling Tian...
"You.... You actually still concealed some strength?"
The Centurion's figure jerked and he easily avoided Duan Ling Tian's sword strike before flashing to a side and staring at Duan Ling Tian in disbelief.
The strength of eight ancient mammoths...
This was the symbol of a sixth level Core Formation martial artist!
Something was not right!
Before long, his gaze fell upon the Violet Myrtle Flexible Sword in Duan Ling Tian's hand and he exclaimed, "Spirit Weapon! You actually have a Spirit Weapon.... It's able to give you an extra one mammoth worth of strengths, meaning it should be a Grade Eight Spirit Weapon, right?" The greedy brilliance in the Centurion's eyes grew brighter and brighter...
He didn't expect that Duan Ling Tian would give him so many pleasant surprises!
First it was the Spatial Ring, now it was the Grade Eight Spirit Weapon.
If he could obtain the Grade Eight Spirit Weapon, even a ninth level Core Formation martial artist wouldn't be his match.
This Duan Ling Tian was virtually a treasure trove!
"You're gaze isn't bad." Duan Ling Tian sneered.
"Duan Ling Tian, your strength is comparable to a sixth level Core Formation martial artist by relying on that Spirit Weapon... But in front of me, it isn't enough! Die!"
The Centurion's body jerked before he started moving once more.
He wanted to kill Duan Ling Tian and seize everything Duan Ling Tian had...
The Centurion attacked with the speed of lightning as he slapped out a palm strike towards Duan Ling Tian. The gusts of wind from the palm strike caused Duan Ling Tian's violet clothes to flutter.
"Really?" A cold light flashed within Duan Ling Tian's eyes.
In the blink of an eye, his Origin Energy poured into the blade of the Violet Myrtle Flexible Sword, activating the Blood Crescent Inscription within...
A crimson-red crescent accompanied Duan Ling Tian's Violet Myrtle Flexible Sword as it flashed out with a speed like lightning. It seemed as if it had eyes, accurately intercepting the Centurion's palm strike.
Fresh blood splattered all across the air as the Centurion's palm was sliced in half by the crescent.
The Centurions shrill and sad cry sounded before abruptly ceasing in the blink of an eye.
It stopped because after the crescent cut his hand in half, its momentum didn't slow down a shred as it directly penetrated his chest...
Spirit Serpent Movement Technique!
Duan Ling Tian's body flashed by as he dodged the Centurion's body, which was flying over from inertia.
The Centurion's eyes were wide open as he flew along with the force of momentum, and his eyes flickered with a lustre of disbelief...
Maybe, even until death, he never thought that Duan Ling Tian would actually still have such a terrifying move.
Blood poured all over as the Centurions corpse fell to the ground.
"Hmph! I was kind enough to give you 1,000,000 silver, but you didn't want it... you really think I'm afraid of you? If it wasn't for me not wanting to waste a Blood Crescent Inscription, I wouldn't have wasted my breath on you."
Duan Ling Tian coldly swept the Centurion's corpse with his gaze before searching his body, only to find a few thousand silver.
"What a pauper!" Duan Ling Tian mocked before placing the silver in his Spatial Ring.
A wisp of Pill Fire ignited on his palm before he tossed it onto the Centurion's Corpse...
The Centurion's corpse was burnt to ashes in the blink of an eye.
Not even tiny bits remained!
"There are only enough materials in my Spatial Ring to inscribe two more Blood Crescent Inscriptions.... I didn't think that a lousy Centurion would waste one of my Blood Crescent Inscriptions!"
Duan Ling Tian slightly frowned.
Recalling what happened earlier caused him to feel annoyed...
He thought about it like this: the materials to inscribe the Blood Crescent Inscription were worth at least 500,000 silver, but he only obtained a few thousand silver from killing that Centurion.
This was undoubtedly a transaction that was done at a loss!
With his current circumstances, even if he had gained more silver, it would still be extremely difficult to obtain the materials needed to inscribe the Blood Crescent Inscription...
At present, he only had a limited amount of Blood Crescent Inscriptions.
This was also the reason why he would rather give the Centurion 1,000,000 silver than wasting a Blood Crescent Inscription on him.
"Never mind, I'll just let nature take its course. Hmm, I'll inscribe another Blood Crescent Inscription on my Violet Myrtle Flexible Sword before I return."
What's done is done, so Duan Ling Tian didn't continued thinking about it.
Duan Ling Tian walked forward a short distance and found a secluded area before sitting down cross-legged.
He then withdrew some materials and started inscribing the Blood Crescent Inscription...
As the sun set in the west and dusk enveloped the land.
In the resting area of the Genius Camp's Squad Three.
"Why hasn't Duan Ling Tian returned yet?" After waiting half a day with no news, Xiao Yu's expressions was slightly ugly.
"Yeah, it's been so long. Logically speaking, he should have already drawn those Scorching Tigers away and returned by now." Meng Quan frowned and was extremely puzzled.
"Nothing would have happened to him, right?" Luo Cheng had a worried expression.
"Don't be a jinx!" Meng Quan and Xiao Yu both glared at Luo Cheng.
However, their eyes still had worry within them....
If anything were to happen to Duan Ling Tian, they wouldn't be able to forgive themselves.
After all, Duan Ling Tian did it all just to save them...
If they weren't there, with Duan Ling Tian's strength, wanting to escape from those seven Scorching Tigers wasn't a difficult matter.
Before long, the other members of Squad Three had returned.
With 15 youths joining hands, they managed to hunt a sufficient amount of Cloud Leopards to pass their mission after sweeping through the mountain range for the entire day.
"Is everyone here?" Fan Jian's expression was cold as ice.
"Where's Duan Ling Tian?" Fan Jian's gaze swept past the 18 people present before finally fixing his gaze on Meng Quan, Xiao Yu, and Luo Cheng...
"Instructor, we encountered seven Scorching Tigers while hunting Cloud Leopards with Duan Ling Tian. He asked us to bring the Cloud Leopards back first while he drew away those seven Scorching Tigers," Luo Cheng slowly said.
Fan Jian's pupils constricted. "You all are really too brave, actually daring to go so deep into the Dawnshroud Mountain Range!"
"We didn't enter deep into the mountain range; we were only going around the area that the fierce beasts at the third level of the Core Formation Stage roamed. Who knew that seven Scorching Tigers would abruptly appear?" Xiao Yu frowned.
Fan Jian said with certainty. "The Scorching Tigers have a very strong sense of territory and would not easily leave it."
"Maybe someone disturbed the Scorching Tigers." Meng Quan's expression was unsightly as he voiced his guess.
"Enough. Since Duan Ling Tian's Cloud Leopard is here, it's considered as having completed the mission. Tonight, these Cloud Leopards will be your food..."
After giving out his orders, Fan Jian sat at a side and roasted his own prey.
Xiao Yu, Meng Quan, and Luo Cheng hadn't eaten the entire day and had long since been hungry, but at this moment, they didn't move a muscle, because they didn't have the appetite.
In their hearts, all they could think about was Duan Ling Tian's safety.