Chapter 149: Accepting Su Li's Challenge
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
"Good... very good, just you wait." Even though the young man in the lead was furious and wished for nothing more than to put down the five new students before him, he still didn't dare make a move within the cafeteria.
This cafeteria was a business under the Vice Dean of Paladin Academy, and the group of attendants within the cafeteria were the Vice Dean's eyes and ears. Therefore, if he were to attack someone within this cafeteria, even if he was lucky enough to not die, he would still face dire punishment! Even to the extent that he might be expelled from Paladin Academy!
In Paladin Academy, the Dean almost never showed his face. Even among the grade 6 students, there weren't many who had seen the Dean in the flesh, and most of the time it was the two Vice Deans that were in charge.... The Vice Deans had absolute authority!
The four higher grade students quickly left Duan Ling Tian's table and walked over to a nearby table. After they made those students leave their money and scram, they directly sat down and started gulping down the food, while not forgetting to coldly gaze at Duan Ling Tian's table every now and then... as if they were deeply afraid that Duan Ling Tian's group would vanish before their eyes.
Duan Ling Tian's group of five paid no attention to them; they continued to eat and drink in extreme satisfaction.
"So full." After a while, Duan Ling Tian ate his fill and burped with a satisfied smile. Xiao Yu and the others had eaten their fill as well.
"Let's go take a stroll to digest our food." Duan Ling Tian stood up and took the lead as the five of them slowly walked out of the cafeteria.
As expected, the four higher grade students that had long since gobbled down their food followed Duan Ling Tian's group and left the cafeteria, then they surrounded Duan Ling Tian's group. Duan Ling Tian wasn't surprised about being surrounded by them. The corners of his mouth held a smile.
"Since you new students don't know the rules, as your seniors, we will properly teach you the rules today!" The young man in the lead had a face that seemed to be covered in a layer of ice, emanating a pressing, cold aura. The other three young men looked fiercely at Duan Ling Tian's group of five as well.
Su Li grabbed his sheathed sword in his arms as his eyes stared at them. "F**k off!" he said, in a cold and indifferent voice that seemed to come out of a pit of ice. His tone shocked their senses.
The four young men were stunned for a moment before bursting out with faces filled with rage!
They were grade 2 students, but now they were actually being trampled on by a grade 1 student. If news of this were to spread, how would they stand their ground at Paladin Academy in the future?
"Kid, you're courting death!" The face of the young man near Su Li sank, then he burst out with rage and his body flashed towards Su Li. Above him, eight ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed into form!
"Sixth level of the Core Formation Stage?" Duan Ling Tian shook his head, as he knew that misfortune was about to befall this higher grade student...
The young man slapped out his palm as his Origin Energy condensed. He seemed to form a layer of Origin Energy flames on his palm that emitted a burning aura, and it moved to envelop Su Li.
"Hao Ji's Profound Flame Palm is worthy of being a high grade Profound Rank martial skill at the Perfection Stage; his Origin Energy has almost really condensed into flames..."
"Humph! This grade 1 student dares to be arrogant and act cool in front of us. He's courting death!"
The other two young men that surrounded Duan Ling Tian's group sneered; however, in the next moment, the smiles on their faces completely froze.
They weren't even able see how Su Li moved. A strand of sword light whistled out before instantly returning to its sheath with a clang.
At this exact instant.
"Ah!" The young man that executed his Profound Flame Palm towards Su Li abruptly emitted a miserable, shrill cry.
A strand of fresh blood violently shot out of his wrist, and the Origin Energy on his feeble palm dissipated, then the young man's body moved forward due to momentum before crashing on the ground in a sorry state.
The other three young men unconsciously retreated a step back. They had extremely unsightly expressions.
"Ten... The strength of ten ancient mammoths! Seventh level of the Core Formation Stage!" A trace of terror appeared in their eyes as they gazed at the 10 ancient mammoth silhouettes that were slowly dissipating above the young man with a cold expression.
At this moment, they felt like they had really stepped on sh*t luck. The amount of grade 1 new students that were at the seventh level of the Origin Core Stage could be counted on hand; however, one was precisely encountered by them!
Although they were grade 2 students, during their year, they were at the bottom of their batch of students. Even after being at Paladin Academy for a year, they had been stuck at the sixth level of the Core Formation Stage due to the bottleneck, and they were still unable to break through to the seventh level of the Core Formation Stage...
Some of the students that followed them out of the cafeteria to watch show, no matter whether they were new students or old students, they were all dumbstruck.
Seventh level of the Core Formation Stage! And he's even a new student!
Their gazes descended one by one onto the cold figure that held a sheathed sword within his arms.
"Su Li's sword skill is even faster than before." Duan Ling Tian was slightly surprised. The speed at which Su Li's sword attacked earlier was completely on par with his Sword Drawing Arts, and when executed with a cultivation at the seventh level of the Core Formation Stage, it moved like thunder and was swift like lightning!
Besides Tian Hu, who didn't feel it was one bit unexpected, Xiao Yu and Xiao Xun's pupils constricted and their faces were full of surprise, as they obviously didn't expect Su Li to be so formidable.
Based on Su Li's sword strike before, Su Li's strength could be considered outstanding even among most seventh level Core Formation martial artists.
"Hehe, didn't the three of you want to teach us about rules? What're you retreating so far away for? What, afraid?" Tian Hu laughed complacently as he looked at the three young men that were retreating.
The three young men had expressions as unsightly as they could possibly be. They lowered their heads in shame and supported the injured young man up before leaving gloomily.
Tian Hu looked at Su Li after withdrawing his complacent gaze and said, while shaking his head, "Su Li, you let them off too easily. I originally thought that you would cut off his hand; I didn't think that you would only give him a flesh injury.... This isn't like you."
"Hmph!" Su Li grunted coldly before coolly walking forward. He paid no attention to Tian Hu.
Duan Ling Tian shook his head and laughed. "Tian Hu, is the wrist tendon being severed only a flesh injury to you?"
He clearly saw the sword strike that Su Li executed earlier. That young man's hand could be considered to be utterly crippled.
"Wrist tendon severed?" Tian Hu was stunned on the spot. Xiao Yu and Xiao Xun were so shocked that their pupils constricted. To a martial artist, the wrist tendons being severed was no different than their arm being severed!
Su Li stopped dead in his tracks and looked back to glance at Duan Ling Tian with a gaze filled with soaring battle intent. He didn't think that Duan Ling Tian would actually be able to clearly see his sword strike!
As expected, it was just as he had thought, Duan Ling Tian's strength had improved once again...
Duan Ling Tian's group walked off swiftly, leaving behind a group of new and old students alike who gazed at each other with eyes that were filled with traces of fear.
"I never thought that there would be such a formidable person among this year's new students!"
"Remember that person properly. We mustn't offend him!"
They all had a slight lingering fear.
Just a this moment, a red-clothed girl with eyes that had a trace of peerless arrogance walked out of the cafeteria. "What are you all doing here?" she asked the students outside the cafeteria, in a condescending manner and on her high horse.
Every student that was able to enter Paladin Academy was a person who was proud and arrogant, so virtually no one paid attention to the red-clothed girl.
The red-clothed girl's expression instantly sank.
"Hey! Big Sister Li asked you all something. Are you all mute? Do you all know what big sister Li's identity is?" Behind the red-clothed girl, a brown-clothed girl glared at the surrounding students. "Let me tell you all, Big Sister Li is Imperial Concubine Ling's niece, the Cousin Sister of Fifth Prince!"
Fifth Prince's Cousin Sister?
The male students present shuddered and their eyes shone. When they gazed once more at the red-clothed girl, their faces were full of flattery. All of them seemed to have become a completely different people.
"So it's Miss Li. I once heard off Miss Li's drop-dead gorgeous appearance. Seeing you today, your reputation is truly well deserved!" a male student with a wretched appearance flattered.
"Yeah, Miss Li's a born beauty, truly an unrivalled beauty!"
"I finally know after seeing Miss Li today that the people of ancient times did not lie. A beauty beautiful enough to cause flowers to blush and the moon to hide and causes fish to sink and birds to alight, such an appearance really exists!"
Every one of the students that paid no attention to Tong Li earlier now seemed as if they were bulls on aphrodisiac and were extremely excited, as they all wanted to use Tong Li as a means to get a chance to flatter the Fifth Prince and join his entourage to seek riches!
Tong Li's gloomy face slightly eased up as she grunted coldly, "This Miss asked you all what you were all doing here? And that puddle of blood, it should have been left there recently. What happened here?"
Instantly the surrounding male students tried to get a word in as they explained the sequence of events...
"New student? Seventh level of the Core Formation Stage?" Tong Li's pupils constricted as they flashed with a trace of an odd light...
In truth, it was practically impossible for her to pass any of the 18 counties' tests and enter Paladin Academy with her natural talent. The only reason she could enter Paladin Academy was by relying on the relationship she had with the Imperial Family to obtain a place in the recommendation quota.
But the actual objective she had for coming to Paladin Academy was precisely to find a formidable groom, as she thought extremely highly of herself and swore that she would find an unparalleled and peerless man. Now that she had heard of that sword-wielding young man, even though she didn't see it with her own two eyes, it still aroused a trace of interest in her, an interest to want to get to know the young man!
However, at this moment, the Su Li that Tong Li wanted to get to know had arrived with Duan Ling Tian and the others at a bamboo forest behind Paladin Academy.
This time, when faced with Su Li's challenge, Duan Ling Tian accepted!
He didn't reveal a his full strength to make Su Li aware of the difficulty and retreat. Instead, he decided to limit his strength to a strength comparable to Su Li's.
Su Li's sword skill aroused his battle intent as well!
In the quiet and secluded bamboo forest, Xiao Yu, Xiao Xun, and Tian Hu stood at a side and acted as spectators.
Duan Ling Tian and Su Li stood facing each other.
Duan Ling Tian focused his gaze on Su Li. At this moment, Su Li seemed like a swift sword in his eyes, a swift sword that would whistle out at any moment!
Compared to a year ago, not only did Su Li's cultivation increase swiftly, even his martial skills' stages had improved.
"Duan Ling Tian, watch out," Su Li said in a low voice, and in the next moment his entire body moved as if it had transformed into a swift sword. It flew out and flashed towards Duan Ling Tian.
10 ancient mammoth silhouettes dashed out in tow!
"Bring it on!" Duan Ling Tian's gaze focused as he moved out.
Spirit Serpent Movement Technique!
Duan Ling Tian's figure jerked as he exerted the strength of 10 ancient mammoths. His entire body seemed to transform into an agile serpent as he moved to intercept Su Li.
In terms of speed, both of them were executing high grade Profound Rank movement techniques at the Perfection Stage, and were thus comparable.
Xiao Xun had astonishment within his gaze because although he had heard that this Duan Ling Tian's strength was extraordinary, when he really saw it, it was a totally different feeling....