Chapter 155: Life and Death Battle Pact
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
Duan Ling Tian's gaze became even more icy cold...
Even though he didn't have any feelings towards his deadbeat father, it was his father after all. He was also the husband of his mother who he respected the most. How could he allow Duan Ling Xing to disrespect his father like this!?
Duan Rong was stunned. "Duan Ru Feng?" This was a name he'd heard of before....
Duan Ru Feng, the former peerless genius of the Imperial City's Duan Clan, a figure who suddenly appeared on the horizon like a comet and hasn't been heard of since he vanished 18 years ago. But even then, he was still deeply remembered by many.
If Duan Ru Feng hadn't vanished, then he would be the Duan Clan's third master. No, if Duan Ru Feng hadn't vanished, as long as he was willing, even the position of the Duan Clan's Patriarch would be his!
Never had Duan Rong imagined that the violet-clothed youth he hated to the bones was actually the son of Duan Ru Feng...
At the same time, the gazes of everyone present descended upon Duan Ling Tian, especially Xiao Xun's, whose pupils couldn't help but constrict.
Duan Ling Tian actually was a true member of the Duan Clan, and moreover, the son of Duan Ru Feng, the one who was formerly publically acknowledged as the greatest genius in the entire Crimson Sky Kingdom!
Xiao Yu and Tian Hu had more or less heard of Duan Ru Feng, but never had they imagined that Duan Ling Tian actually had such an identity! And he was even a direct descendant of the Imperial City's Duan Clan!
"Duan Ru Feng?" Su Li's eyes shone with a strand of an odd light as he glanced deeply at Duan Ling Tian.
"This youth is actually the son of that Duan Ru Feng!"
"I never imagined that Duan Ru Feng actually had a living descendant. This youth obviously wasn't recommended into Paladin Academy by the Duan Clan, but he was able to pass the entrance test within one of the 18 counties to enter Paladin Academy at such an age. His natural talent is truly monstrous!" Some of the Paladin Academy student's whispered amongst themselves.
Duan Ling Tian abruptly stood up, his gaze flashing with a cold light as he spoke in an icy cold voice that seemed to be echoing out of an ice pit. "Duan Ling Xing, the reason I came to the Imperial City and entered Paladin Academy was precisely to kill you and to repay the gifts you bestowed upon me two years ago. Now, I formally challenge you to a life and death battle. Do you dare to accept my challenge?"
He wished for nothing more than to directly attack and kill Duan Ling Xing, but he understood that he couldn't be rash due to his current circumstances. He would have to kill Duan Ling Xing in an open and just method so that the Duan Clan's second master, Duan Ru Lei, could only look on helplessly when such a loss was dealt upon him.
What Duan Ling Tian said caused everyone present to be dumbfounded.
"Has this Duan Ling Tian gone mad?"
"Duan Ling Xing is a grade 4 student, and he has allegedly stepped into the ninth level of the Core Formation Stage. Even if this Duan Ling Tian's natural talent is good, he's only around the age of 18 after all, and moreover, he is only a grade 1 student!"
Many Paladin Academy students were stunned by what Duan Ling Tian said.
"Duan Ling Tian, don't be rash!" Xiao Xun's face went grim as he hurriedly tried to dissuade Duan Ling Tian.
Even though he knew that Duan Ling Tian was strong, and he believed that Duan Ling Tian would one day surpass Duan Ling Xing, the current Duan Ling Tian was undoubtedly slightly inferior to Duan Ling Xing!
He had seen Duan Ling Tian's strength, and although it wasn't bad, he was only just slightly stronger than Su Li and could be considered to be peerless at the seventh level of the Core Formation Stage. But if he were to encounter a martial artist at the eighth level of the Core Formation Stage, it would require great effort to withstand, and Duan Ling Xing was an existence at the ninth level of the Core Formation Stage!
Xiao Yu and Tian Hu became aware of Duan Ling Xing's cultivation level from the surrounding discussion, Their expressions went grim, and they followed to dissuade Duan Ling Tian.
Only Su Li seemed to have understood something and didn't try to dissuade Duan Ling Tian when he noticed the cold light flashing within Duan Ling Tian's eyes and the angle at which the corners of his mouth were curled.
"You... challenge me? And it's even a life and death battle?" Duan Ling Xing was in slight disbelief when he heard what Duan Ling Tian said.
He wished for nothing more than to kill Duan Ling Tian from the moment he laid eyes upon Duan Ling Tian, but unfortunately, this was Paladin Academy, and the consequences of killing another for no reason was something that even he as the son of the Duan Clan's second master could not bear!
But it would be different if a life and death battle pact were to be established. Once a life and death battle pact was established, Paladin Academy would not interfere even if he were to kill Duan Ling Tian....
"What, you don't dare?" Duan Ling Tian sneered.
Just when Duan Ling Xing was about to speak of his agreement...
"Cousin Brother." Duan Rong spoke out with eyes that emitted a sense of fear, and said, in a low voice, "This Duan Ling Tian is precisely the violet-clothed youth that injured me two months ago. Didn't you say last night that we can't act rashly? And shouldn't we first investigate his background before asking Uncle to send out his men to deal with him?"
"What? He's the violet-clothed youth you spoke of?" Duan Ling Xing's pupils constricted. The only reason he came to the cafeteria with Duan Rong today was precisely to take a look at the enemy of his Cousin Brother, but he never imagined that the enemy of his Cousin Brother was precisely Duan Ling Tian!
"Yes." Duan Rong nodded and said, with a face full of fear, "Cousin Brother, this Duan Ling Tian took the initiative to issue a challenge, and this matter seems odd.... You must not agree to his challenge."
He was afraid from the moment he heard that Duan Ling Tian was the son of Duan Ru Feng, as although Duan Ru Feng had vanished for nearly 20 years, there has never been anyone who could be certain of his death. Some people even spread the word that Duan Ru Feng might still be alive.
If Duan Ru Feng was really alive... then this Duan Ling Tian would have a backing that no one in the entire Crimson Sky Kingdom could compare to.
"Humph! I'll decide myself!" Duan Ling Xing's eyes narrowed. Would he refuse Duan Ling Tian's challenge?
The answer was no!
After hearing what Duan Rong said, the killing intent within Duan Ling Xing's heart grew even stronger! This Duan Ling Tian actually had a Nascent Soul martial artist by his side to protect him.... He had a feeling that if he were to miss this opportunity, then wanting to kill Duan Ling Tian in the future would be even more difficult than climbing the heavens!
"Hahahaha...." Duan Ling Tian couldn't help but laugh out loud as he watched Duan Ling Xing and Duan Rong whispering to each other for so long. His voice was filled with arrogance and unruliness as he said, "Duan Ling Xing, as expected of the son of the Duan Clan's trash second master. You don't even dare to accept a life and death battle against an 18-year-old kid like me.... Pu**y!"
Duan Ling Tian had only just finished speaking when every student present looked at Duan Ling Xing with an odd gaze.
"Duan Ling Xing isn't really afraid of accepting Duan Ling Tian's life and death battle challenge, right?"
"Is he a man or not? A grade 4 student is afraid of accepting a grade 1 student's life and death battle challenge? Moreover, the challenger is only just a kid!"
"This Duan Ling Xing probably won't be able to lift his head up within Paladin Academy and even the Imperial City in the future."
Some students voiced out their opinions, as they craved nothing more than to stir up trouble.
These voices entered Duan Ling Xing's ears and were like needles pricking him. His gaze went cold as he looked at Duan Ling Tian with a frosty expression. "Duan Ling Tian, you're even more arrogant than your father all those years ago! Since you're courting death, I'll send you off myself. I accept your life and death battle challenge." Duan Ling Xing agreed in a straightforward manner.
"Cousin Brother!" Duan Rong's face went pale, as he had a feeling that something wasn't right, and he felt perturbed in his heart.
"Shut up!" However, after being glared at by Duan Ling Xing, Duan Rong immediately didn't dare make another sound.
He knew that once this Cousin Brother of his made a decision, it wasn't something he could interfere with.... Meanwhile, more and more people arrived at the corner of the cafeteria where Duan Ling Tian's table was situated.
"I never expected that I would encounter such an interesting matter while just having a meal. If you two want a life and death battle, then this old fellow will join in on the fun and bear witness for you two!" An aged voice echoed downwards from the cafeteria pavilion above.
The cafeteria pavilion wasn't open to Paladin Academy students.
Meanwhile, a grey-robed old man slowly walked down from the cafeteria pavilion.
Instantly, the students respectfully greeted the old man.
Duan Ling Tian looked over, and what he saw was a thin, gray-robed old man with an ordinary appearance. Although he was old, the old man seemed to be full of vigor and a bright light flashed within his eyes.... This was an expert!
At least to the current Duan Ling Tian, this old man was an expert.
"Vice Dean!" Even the arrogant and unruly Duan Ling Xing bowed respectfully upon seeing the old man.
Duan Ling Tian lightly nodded to the old man as well.
"You two want a life and death battle, right?" The old man's brows knitted as a trace of a smile of anticipation appeared on the corners of his mouth. "Then I'll bear witness for you two. However, do you two want to notify your seniors to attend the battle? This matter is no small matter, as it could easily mean life or death!"
"No!' Duan Ling Tian shook his head.
Notify his seniors to attend the battle?
He knew that if his mother were to come, she would certainly not agree to him carrying out a life and death battle with Duan Ling Xing.
The old man gazed at Duan Ling Xing as he asked, "How about you?"
Duan Ling Xing's icy cold gaze descended upon Duan Ling Tian as he slowly said, "I don't need to either, as the one who's going to die isn't me in any case...."
Duan Ling Xing's words were filled with confidence.
"Go to the Martial Arts Practice Grounds." The old man nodded and his body jerked. His entire body seemed to have vanished on the spot, and when he reappeared, he was already over 10 meters away.
"What swift speed!" Duan Ling Tian's gaze focused, and he had a face full of surprise. The old man's speed was so much faster than Xiong Quan's that it was on a different level.
Of course, it was also because XIong Quan hadn't fully recovered his strength. Once Duan Ling Tian steps into the Origin Core Stage and refines the Grade Eight Spirit Cleansing Pill for XIong Quan to consume, Xiong Quan's strength will surely recover to the Void Prying Stage...
At that time, the fourth true Void Stage powerhouse in the Crimson Sky Kingdom will be born!
Whether it was the students who were eating, or the students waiting for their food, the group of students within the cafeteria flowed out and followed them.
A life and death battle!
Such an event wasn't something that would happen every day. Food was something they could do without, but such a bustling event was something they couldn't miss!
"He's called Duan Ling Tian?" A red-clothed girl with a black whip in her hand followed them while being attended to by another woman. Her eyes flickered with a dense coldness.
It was precisely Tong Li!
"Miss Li, that new student, Duan Ling Tian, actually dared to challenge a grade 4 student, and it's even a life and death battle. He's dead for sure! This time there's someone to help you vent your grievances," the women that followed behind Tong Li said, with a light smile.
"Humph! Unfortunately, however, he couldn't die by my hand... but even if he's killed, I won't let his corpse off! Since I've said I'll tear him into pieces, they I will do as I've said!" Tong Li's voice was filled with a bone-piercing coldness that caused the woman behind her to be so scared that her face went pale.