Chapter 272: Small Team
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
Duan Ling Tian's gaze went cold when he saw the Wind Leopard pouncing over, and he was already prepared to move to intercept it and compare his strength against it.
"Hmm?" Right at this moment, Duan Ling Tian's Spiritual Force slightly jerked, and he could sense people approaching, a total of three people.
Duan Ling Tian's figure flashed, temporarily dodged the Wind Leopard, and looked towards the distance....
These three people were two men and a woman.
Meanwhile, the Wind Leopard pounced at him once again, bearing down menacingly upon him.
"Be careful!" Right when he was about to make a move and kill the Wind Leopard, a delicate shout sounded out....
Duan Ling Tian felt a fragrant wind assail his nostrils, and he could see that the gentle and graceful figure of the woman amongst the three people had flashed out and arrived before him in the blink of an eye.
This was a gentle and graceful woman. The three-foot-long blade in her hand flashed out, and above her, 46 ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed into form....Third level of the Origin Core Stage!
Grade eight spirit weapon!
Duan Ling Tian saw through this woman with a single glance.
Although the Wind Leopard's speed was swift, it was only in comparison to second level Origin Core martial artists and fierce beasts, and before this third level Origin Core Stage woman, it was completely unable to strike back.
In the blink of an eye, it was killed with a sword strike from the woman.
"Are you alright?" After the woman killed the Wind Leopard, she looked at Duan Ling Tian with slight concern, and when she saw Duan Ling Tian's skin that was like the skin of a baby, a trace of surprise was revealed on her face.
"I'm fine." Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled and shook his head, then he sized up the young woman before him.
The woman was around 23 or 24 years old, and although she wasn't as beautiful as Ke Er or Li Fei, her delicate and elegant features and smooth and exquisite skin emitted traces of elegance, giving one a comfortable feeling.
The young woman's gaze descended onto Duan Ling Tian's outer court disciple attire and lightly smiled as she said, "You're an outer court disciple of our Seven Star Sword Sect, right?"
"Yes." Duan Ling Tian nodded. He'd noticed earlier that it wasn't just this woman who was a Seven Star Sword Sect outer court disciple, and the other two men that followed her over were also Seven Star Sword Sect outer court disciples.
"Nice to meet you. I'm Shi Lan, a disciple of Alkaid Peak." The young woman lightly smiled as she introduced herself to Duan Ling Tian. She had a kind expression, and her elegant eyes seemed as if they could speak.
"Duan Ling Tian, Megrez Peak disciple." Duan Ling Tian nodded to Shi Lan. He had a good impression of this warmhearted woman.
"Duan Ling Tian, you came to the primeval forest by yourself?" Shi Lan looked at the surroundings, and when she didn't notice anyone else, she couldn't refrain from asking curiously.
"Yes." Duan Ling Tian nodded.
Shi Lan looked at Duan Ling Tian and said, with a serious expression, "You're too rash.... You ought to be an outer court disciple that has only entered our Seven Star Sword Sect two days ago, right? You're only at the first level of the Origin Core Stage, so even if you want to come to this primeval forest, you ought to have found a team. Otherwise, you will likely lose your life, just like earlier."
As far as she was concerned, if it wasn't for her being in time to help him, Duan Ling Tian would have already died under the claws of that Wind Leopard and would surely have no chance of surviving.
Duan Ling Tian was able to discern that Shi Lan was truly concerned about him, and he couldn't help but smile. "Thank you for the reminder."
He knew that because he had only exerted the strength of 20 ancient mammoths when facing the Wind Leopard earlier, Shi Lan mistook him to be a first level Origin Core martial artist.
Toward this, he didn't make any further explanations, as he wasn't someone that liked to show off.
Shi Lan looked at Duan Ling Tian and invited him. "Why don't you join us? You'll be safer when following us.... At that time, we'll share equally all the gains. How about it? My two companions are both extremely formidable."
Duan Ling Tian originally wanted to refuse her, but when he saw Shi Lan's sincere gaze of anticipation, he didn't refuse her in the end and nodded. "OK, then I'll be troubling you."
As far as he was concerned, he had nothing to do in any case, so going along with the three people wasn't a problem.
"Come, I'll introduce them to you." Shi Lan lightly smiled to Duan Ling Tian, then she brought Duan Ling Tian along to walk over to the two Seven Star Sword Sect outer court disciples that were nearby.
"Hu Li, Shao Fei.... This is Duan Ling Tian, a Megrez Peak disciple, and he will be joining our team from now on to enter the primeval forest to train and gain experience. I've already promised him that all gains will be shared equally amongst the four of us," Shi Lan said to the two male outer court disciples.
"Nice to meet you. I'm Hu Li, a Phecda peak disciple." The outer court disciple with a tall and robust figure and an age similar to Shi Lan lightly smiled as he greeted Duan Ling Tian.
"Duan Ling Tian." Duan Ling Tian smiled to the robust young man, as he'd always respected those who respected him.
"Hmph!" Right at this moment, the thin young man that stood at the side had a sneer on the corners of his mouth, and his cold and indifferent gaze sized up Duan Ling Tian, then he frowned. "Shi Lan, he's only a first level Origin Core Stage pretty boy. We're only adding on a burden by bringing him along."
Duan Ling Tian's face sank.
Shi Lan and Hu Li were both slightly embarrassed, and Hu Li said to Duan Ling Tian, "Duan Ling Tian, he's Shao Fei, a Phecda Peak disciple as well. Even though Shao Fei's age is similar to mine and Shi Lan's, he's already a fourth level Origin Core martial artist.... His natural talent in the Martial Dao is great, so it's hard to avoid being arrogant. Don't lower yourself to the same level as him and just take it as you never heard what he said earlier. We being able to meet here and are all Seven Star Sword Sect disciples can be considered to be fate. So join us."
"Yeah, Duan Ling Tian, don't take what Shao Fei said to heart." Shi Lan smiled apologetically to Duan Ling Tian.
Shao Fei frowned, and he was just about to speak when he noticed Hu Li and Shi Lan both look at him and shake their heads.
In the end, he didn't speak out and only snorted in a low voice.
Duan Ling Tian was able to feel Shi Lan and Hu Li's sincerity. He had a favorable impression of the two, so he didn't refuse and nodded in agreement.
"Alright, let's go wander through this primeval forest together, continue forward!" Hu Li laughed heartily with a heroic spirit that pierced into the sky.
A true man!
Duan Ling Tian couldn't help but praise in his heart as he looked at Hu Li.
Their group of four walked towards the inner parts of the forest, and on the way, Shi Lan had a serious expression as she said to Duan Ling Tian, "Duan Ling Tian, the primeval forest is vast and boundless. We're only at the outer area of the forest, and we'll be close to the inner area after walking forward further.... The fierce beasts there are much stronger than the fierce beasts here. Your strength is weaker, so follow us closely. Don't split up from us."
"OK." Duan Ling Tian smiled to Shi Lan, and a trace of warmth arose within his heart.
Even though he wasn't afraid of the fierce beasts within, Shi Lan didn't know of his true strength and only thought that he was a first level Origin Core martial artist.
"You don't have the strength, but you're still daring to venture into the primeval forest. Courting death." Shao Fei followed at the back, and he grunted in a low voice with a tone that didn't lack ridicule.
Duan Ling Tian frowned, then noticed Hu Li and Shi Lan smiling apologetically, and his brows eased up. He didn't argue about it with Shao Fei and took it as if he didn't hear it.
He didn't want to make it difficult on Hu Li and Shi Lan.
This Shao Fei was their companion after all.
As they went deeper into the Primeval Forest, the terrain became even more complicated. There was a dense growth of trees, and the ground was covered in grass and brambles....
The environment here was extremely suitable for concealment and was simply a heaven for fierce beasts.
"Hmm?" Suddenly, Duan Ling Tian's Spiritual Force became vigilant, and he looked towards the nearby bush which was also beside Hu Li, then he shouted in a low voice, "Be careful!"
Hu Li instantly became vigilant when he heard Duan Ling Tian's voice.
And right at that moment, a completely jade-green, enormous wolf with glossy fur pounced out from within the bush, then it opened its bloody mouth to bite towards Hu Li.
In the sky, 40 ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed into form....
Third level Origin Core Stage fierce beast!
"Azure Wolf!" Shi Lan exclaimed in surprise.
And right at this moment, Hu Li's body slightly inclined forward, and with a raise of his hand, the three-foot-long blade on his back was instantly unsheathed....
Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh!
A sky blue colored sword light flashed out. Sword images suffused out to transform into a sword net that enveloped down towards the Azure Wolf, and it flickered with dazzling sword lights that caused one to be dazzled.
Above Hu Li, 46 ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed into form.
Obviously, Hu Li was similar to Shi Lan and possessed a cultivation at the third level of the Origin Core Stage and his spirit weapon was a grade seven spirit weapon as well.
"Aowuuuu!" The Azure Wolf let out a shrill cry and was torn into pieces by Hu Li's sword images. Its blood scattered onto the ground as its body crashed down.
Hu Li had a slight lingering fear as he heaved a sigh of relief, then he looked at Duan Ling Tian with gratitude. "Duan Ling Tian, thank you. If it wasn't for you, I might have been injured by it."
"Yeah, Duan Ling Tian. The Azure Wolf is extremely skilled in concealment. Within this bush, we're utterly unable to notice it.... How did you notice it?" Shi Lan looked at Duan Ling Tian with a face full of surprise, as she originally thought that Duan Ling Tian's strength was weak and that he would need them to take care of him, but she'd never expected that Duan Ling Tian still had such ability.
Earlier, if it wasn't for Duan Ling Tian noticing the Azure Wolf in time, Hu Li would surely be injured.
"My angle of vision from here just happened to be able to see its green eyes." Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled and found an excuse.
He couldn't say that his Spiritual Force was more sharp, right?
"Dog shit luck!" Shao Fei's frowned brows eased up, then he glanced at Duan Ling Tian with a cold and indifferent gaze and snorted in disdain.
Hu Li and Shi Lan frowned and were both dissatisfied at Shao Fei.
"The Beast Core of a third level Origin Core Stage fierce beast is really small." Meanwhile, Hu Li dug out a beast core that flickered with a light sheen from within the Azure Wolf's corpse.
Origin Core Stage fierce beasts had already condensed beast cores within their bodies.
A beast core was also a type of medicinal material.
"Hu Li, your Skynet Sword Technique was something you started cultivating when you arrived at Seven Star Sword Sect a year ago, I never imagined it had already stepped into the Perfection Stage." Shi Lan glanced at Hu Li in admiration. "You killed that Azure Wolf with a single sword strike."
Many Seven Star Sword Sect disciples didn't cultivate sword skills before entering the Seven Star Sword Sect, and only after they arrived at the Seven Star Sword Sect did they start cultivating sword skills.
This was something that Duan Ling Tian knew of.
Hu Li laughed. "The martial skill I originally cultivated had some similarities with the Skynet Sword Technique. So I cultivated this Skynet Sword Technique with high proficiency.... Hasn't your Soaring Wind Sword stepped into the Mastery Stage as well?"
"It's only the Mastery Stage; it will at least take me a year to break through to the Perfection Stage." Shi Lan sighed.