Chapter 184: 18-Year-Old Origin Core Stage?
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
Accompanied by Xu Qing's explosive shout, Origin Energy increased explosively on his legs, and his entire body seemed to transform into a cannonball as he charged towards Duan Ling Tian.
12 ancient mammoth silhouettes appeared above him....
Xu Qing's speed was extremely swift; it was as if he'd transformed into a cheetah and moved swift like the wind.
Xu Qing raised his hand. Within it, a completely black three-foot-long blade appeared out of thin air, and a black sword light tore through the sky as it flew towards Duan Ling Tian!
Above Xu Qing, another three ancient mammoths silhouettes instantly condensed into form....
Relying on the amplification of his spirit weapon, Xu Qing's attack was comparable to the strength of 15 ancient mammoths!
Ninth level of the Core Formation Stage!
Grade seven spirit weapon!
As expected, Xu Qing attracted the gazes of all the Paladin Academy students present the moment he attacked, and a trace of excitement and anticipation appeared within their gazes.
They were all extremely curious as to whether Xu Qing was capable of defeating Duan Ling Tian!
The sword within Xu Qing's hand flashed out, and at the instant that he dashed towards Duan Ling Tian, a fierce and furious brilliance flickered within his eyes....
This Duan Ling Tian actually said that he disdained to battle him!
If it was an older Origin Core martial artist that said it, he wouldn't feel anything. But the person that said this was only a ninth level Core Formation martial artist, and moreover, an 18 year old youth!
Most importantly, this youth was the target of comparison within his heart, the target he desired to repress!
The whistling sound of a sword that echoed out from behind him caused Duan Ling Tian's face to turn grim, and he exerted force with his hand to push Tian Hu away before moving aside himself.
Meanwhile, Xu Qing's sword strike whistled and flashed over, exactly flashing past where Duan Ling Tian was earlier and practically brushing the clothes on Duan Ling Tian's body as it passed....
"Xu Qing, despicable!" Tian Hu was in a slightly sorry state, and he stared angrily at Xu Qing with an extremely unsightly expression.
However, Xu Qing paid no attention to Tian Hu and instead looked at the nearby Duan Ling Tian as he spoke with a voice as cold as ice. "Duan Ling Tian, you said earlier... that you disdained to fight me? Now I want to see what you, Duan Ling Tian, rely on to boast like that."
Duan Ling Tian's face sank, as he didn't expect that this Xu Qing would be so overbearing... And a flame of fury was lit ablaze within his heart!
A flame that was difficult to restrain!
Meanwhile, the students that stood afar had followed over and were looking at this scene from afar. Their gazes all descended onto the two figures that were in confrontation.
One was a 20 plus year-old young man.
One was an 18-year-old youth.
The young man was Xu Qing, the famous genius student within Paladin Academy, the formed number one genius and publically acknowledged number one below the Origin Core Stage in Paladin Academy.
The youth was Duan Ling Tian, a famous genius student within Paladin Academy as well, and when he'd just entered Paladin Academy, he didn't attract any public attention.... Until after he took part in a life and death battle with another ninth level Core Formation student, revealed a cultivation at the ninth level of the Core Formation Stage, and killed his opponent by relying upon a grade seven spirit weapon. Only then did his name spread throughout the entire Paladin Academy.
Since then, the halo of number one genius within Paladin Academy moved from its place above Xu Qing's head to rest upon this youth's head.
And today, the former number one genius and the present number one genius had confronted each other. What sort of sparks would their clash bring about?
At this moment, everyone held their breaths and watched the scene before them in anticipation.
They were convinced that following this would be a brilliant struggle between two evenly matched opponents!
"Being able to watch the battle between Duan Ling Tian and Xu Qing with my own two eyes, even if I'm punished for being late, it's still worth it!"
"Exactly! The former number one genius against the current number one genius; this is something that's hard to come by."
The gazes of the surrounding students shone brightly and their faces were filled with excitement.
Duan Rong was standing in the crowd, and a sneer appeared on the corners of his mouth as his icy-cold gaze descended onto the violet-clothed youth. "Duan Ling Tian, let's see how you end today! Actually fighting with big brother Xu Qing... You're courting death!"
As a member of Myriad Link County's Duan Clan, Duan Rong knew deeply of how terrifying the County Governor's Son, Xu Qing, was, and he didn't think Duan Ling Tian would be a match for Xu Qing.
"Xu Qing, if you don't want to lose face, then hurry up and leave." Duan Ling Tian's gaze focused as he looked at Xu Qing with a calm expression and seemed to be carefree.
If you don't want to lose face, then hurry up and leave?
When Duan Ling Tian finished speaking, not only did Xu Qing's face turn gloomy, even the group of students that were spectating looked at Xu Qing with strange gazes.
If Xu Qing were to leave now, it would undoubtedly be even more shameful!
"Duan Ling Tian, everyone can boast. If you're a man, then fight me and prove to everyone that you indeed have the strength to disdain fighting me!" Xu Qing had a burning gaze as he looked at Duan Ling Tian, and Origin Energy flashed on the pitch black grade seven spirit sword in his hand.
Duan Ling Tian eyes flashed with a cold light, and the corners of his mouth curled into a sneer. "Since you're bent on having your way and are unafraid of losing face, then I'll grant your wish!"
Duan Ling Tian was clear in his heart. If he were to not prove himself, then Xu Qing would surely run his mouth endlessly....
Since it'd come to this, he had to completely destroy this Xu Qing's confidence and make him retreat after learning of the difficulties!
"I'll wait and see!" Xu Qing snorted coldly with an arrogant expression.
"Then take this punch of mine!" Duan Ling Tian's voice exploded like thunder.
Instantly, Duan Ling Tian moved!
Spirit Serpent Movement Technique!
Duan Ling Tian's moved as if his entire body had transformed into a spirit serpent. His speed was swift like a bolt of lightning.
Above Duan Ling Tian, 12 ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed into form!
Xu Qing moved right after him. As if transforming into a gust of wind, the pitch black three-foot-long blade within his hand flashed out and sword silhouettes flashed out as if transforming into a myriad of sword silhouettes. It was obviously an extremely profound sword skill... At the same time, 15 ancient mammoths silhouettes condensed into form above Xu Qing!
The moment Xu Qing attacked, he exploded forth with his entire strength and even combined the might of his spirit weapon when he exerted his strength!
"That's all you've got?" If it was the former Duan Ling Tian, he might have been slightly fearful when faced with Xu Qing's sword strike, but the current Duan Ling Tian....
Spirit Serpent Movement Technique!
Duan Ling Tian's body flashed, and the speed below his feet instantly rose a few levels before he instantly avoided Xu Qing's sword strike.
Xu Qing chased; however, he quickly noticed that he was utterly incapable of catching up to Duan Ling Tian, as Duan Ling Tian's speed was impossible to keep up with. "How is this possible... How can he possibly be so fast!"
When he noticed that another four ancient mammoth silhouettes had appeared above Duan Ling Tian, a lustre of disbelief was emitted from his eyes.
The strength of 16 ancient mammoths!
"Oh my god, the strength of 16 ancient mammoths!"
"Duan Ling Tian didn't use his spirit weapon to attack and is only avoiding Xu Qing with his movement technique... In other words, without relying upon a spirit weapon and only drawing upon the energy of heaven and earth, Duan Ling Tian is able to develop 16 ancient mammoth silhouettes!"
"Looks like this Duan Ling Tian has already broken through to the Origin Core Stage! Only an Origin Core martial artist is able to possess such terrifying strength without using a spirit weapon!"
"The first level of the Origin Core Stage possesses a strength of 20 ancient mammoths. Duan Ling Tian is obviously holding back now!"
The spectating group of students were dumbstruck for a moment before gasping with astonishment.
Most of the people had faces full of disbelief!
An 18-year-old Origin Core martial artist?
What sort of monster is this!
Duan Rong was dumbstruck as well when he saw the scene before him. "No... It's impossible... How could this little bastard be an Origin Core martial artist!?"
Duan Ling Tian's gaze went slightly cold as his body flashed before directly arriving behind Xu Qing....
His right arm shook and struck out with a simple punch.
The strength of 16 ancient mammoths exploded forth, smashing the defensive qi barrier on the surface of Xu Qing's body before blasting Xu Qing away.
Xu Qing fiercely crashed onto the ground, and his body trembled as he continuously spat out a few mouthfuls of blood.
Duan Ling Tian's gaze was calm as he indifferently swept Xu Qing with his gaze and slowly spoke. "Now, what do you think? Do I, Duan Ling Tian, have the strength to disdain to fight you?"
However, at this moment, Xu Qing seemed to have not heard what Duan Ling Tian said. He had an agitated expression and his eyes dimmed.
Obviously he had received a huge blow to his confidence.
"Humph!" Duan Ling Tian coldly swept Xu Qing with his gaze before calling Tian Hu and directly walking towards his classroom.
Most of the students that were present watched as Duan Ling Tian left, and their eyes emitted astonishment and admiration....
An 18-year-old Origin Core martial artist!
This youth's natural talent had already completely surpassed his father's. Even during those years, Duan Ru Feng only broke through to the Origin Core Stage at the age of 20.
How could they know that Duan Ling Tian's cultivation was currently quite far off from the Origin Core Stage, and the only reason he was capable of exerting such a terrifying force was because of the supreme cultivation method, the Nine Dragons War Sovereign Technique, that he cultivated!
"Xu Qing possessed the strength of 15 ancient mammoths when relying upon his grade seven spirit sword to execute attacks... But before the strength of 16 ancient mammoths that this Duan Ling Tian exerted empty-handedly, he couldn't even withstand a single blow!"
"What you're saying is utter rubbish! The grade seven spirit sword only amplifies the strength of attacks, but Xu Qing's speed was only propelled by the strength of 12 ancient mammoths. Duan Ling Tian, on the hand, had a speed that was propelled by the strength of 16 ancient mammoths, and thus was completely not on the same level!"
"The difference between the ninth level of the Core Formation Stage and the first level of the Origin Core Stage is too huge... And this is when Duan Ling Tian hadn't ever exerted his entire strength."
"Yeah, if he had exerted his full strength, Xu Xing wouldn't even have the chance to swing his sword."
The group of students discussed animatedly.
Moreover, all their words, when heard by Xu Qing, were like pins pricking him, causing him to be nearly numbed.
"An 18-year-old Origin Core martial artist...." Xu Qing suddenly felt that all these years of his life were wasted and he was still useless, and his dimmed eyes flickered with the gloominess of defeat.
Meanwhile, Duan Ling Tian and Tian Hu walked on the path towards the classroom, and Tian Hu had a face full of extreme surprise. "F**k! Duan Ling Tian, when did you step into the Origin Core Stage?"
Tian Hu seemed unconcerned, but he was slightly bitter in his heart.
When he met Duan Ling Tian for the first time within the Iron Blood Army's Genius Camp that day, Duan Ling Tian was similarly a fourth level Core Formation martial artist like him.
But now he had only just broken through to the seventh level of the Core Formation Stage two days ago, and originally thought that he could slowly catch up to Duan Ling Tian's footsteps, but he shockingly noticed that Duan Ling Tian had already broken through to the Origin Core Stage....
He felt a wave of powerlessness.
"Maybe I shouldn't compare myself to this freak...I'm practically just frustrating myself." Tian Hu sighed inwardly.