Chapter 43: Lin Qi
Translator: / KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
The whole crowd drew in a breath of cold air.
Li Xiao responded with a sound, then his figure moved, flying into the battleground.
Working together with Li Yuan, they attacked from both sides, causing Duan Ling Tian to have nowhere to dodge...
Howling Tiger Fist!
Li Xiao seemed to have transformed into a fierce tiger, pouncing towards Duan Ling Tian as he opened his bloody mouth to bite him.
Unexpectedly, Duan Ling Tian didn't have any intention of dodging.
Duan Ling Tian circulated his defensive martial skill, his body emitting a defensive qi barrier.
Li Xiao's violently approaching fist strike struck onto Duan Ling Tian's defensive qi barrier.
The crowd was extremely silent.
Just when everyone thought Duan Ling Tian would be blasted away, an unbelievable scene unfolded before them.
They saw the originally violently approaching and sneering Li Xiao's expression freeze on his face. The hand which struck out started to shake...
Accompanied by a shrill cry, Li Xiao's body was blasted away like an arrow leaving the bowstring, fiercely plunging to the ground.
Slumping on the ground, Li Xiao's face was pale white, and his gaze towards Duan Ling Tian was filled with dread.
He didn't expect the entire force of the fist he struck Duan Ling Tian with to be reversed back upon him as if he had hit a mirror.
If not for his timely circulation of his defensive martial skill, his entire arm might have been crippled.
This scene shocked everyone present.
Li Xiao's Howling Tiger Fist was a middle grade Profound Rank martial skill that had been cultivated to the initial stage.
Duan Ling Tian could fully bear Li Xiao's Howling Tiger Fist just by using his defensive martial skill, showing that his defense martial was in no way inferior to Li Xiao's Howling Tiger Fist; at the very least it was similar to Li Yuan's initial stage Golden Bell Cover.
Only an initial stage and above middle grade Profound Rank martial skill would be capable of blocking an attack from a middle grade Profound Rank offensive martial skill!
In other words, Duan Ling Tian's defensive martial skill was either a middle grade Profound Rank martial skill at the initial stage or a low grade Profound Rank martial skill at the mastery stage.
However, no one considered Duan Ling Tian's defensive martial skill to be a high grade Profound Rank martial skill.
After all, a high grade Profound Rank martial skill was extremely rare even in the Aurora City Li Clan.
"Brother Li Yuan, I'm sorry, I..."
Li Xiao laughed bitterly as he looked towards Li Yuan. In the beginning he thought that only Duan Ling Tian's offensive martial skills were more formidable than his.
But only now did he realize that his attack was completely incapable of breaking Duan Ling Tian's defense.
Li Yuan's expression turned grim. His icy gold gaze swept past Duan Ling Tian just like a blood thirsty poisonous snake's gaze.
Only after Li Yuan and Li Xiao fled in shame did the crowd's gaze fall onto Duan Ling Tian.
Their gazes were filled with reverence.
At the age of only sixteen, he had the middle grade Profound Rank offensive martial skill, Howling Tiger Fist, at the mastery stage.
As well as what was possibly a middle grade Profound Rank defensive martial skill at the initial stage, or maybe low grade Profound Rank defense martial skill at the mastery stage.
And also what might be a middle grade Profound Rank movement technique at the mastery stage, or maybe low grade Profound Rank movement technique at the perfection stage.
In the outer court, such accomplishments could perhaps only be compared to the outer court's top ranked disciple.
Even Li Shi Shi was quite inferior to him.
"Based on Duan Ling Tian's current strength, he's completely surpassed Big Sister Shi Shi and Li Yuan."
"In the outer court at present, his strength is probably only inferior to Li Kuang's."
"I feel like he can compete with Li Kuang. You all shouldn't forget that Duan Ling Tian's strongest offensive martial skill isn't Howling Tiger Fist, but his sword skill which has attained perfection!"
"Yeah, with his sword skill combined with the assistance of a good long sword, I estimate that his strength won't be inferior to Li Kuang's."
The crowd's discussion was generous with admiration.
Hearing these praises, Duan Ling Tian smiled indifferently.
This kind of scene was something he had experienced many times in previous life, so he had long ago become accustomed to it.
As for the Li Kuang they spoke about, Duan Ling Tian had heard about him.
The top ranked disciple in the outer court.
But unfortunately, Duan Ling Tian hasn't had the chance to meet him.
He heard that Li Kuang went to the Misty Forest to gain experience, and that he would only return to the Clan right before the martial meet begins.
Just when Duan Ling Tian was about to go home, an anxious voice that was getting closer to him called out, "Duan Ling Tian, Duan Ling Tian!"
"Is something the matter?"
Duan Ling Tian looked at the panting youth.
"Duan Ling Tian, Big Sister Shi Shi taught two Lin Clan outer court disciples a lesson. As a result, they called others over and now a group of people have surrounded them and blocked them in. Big Sister Shi Shi sent me back to deliver the news," the youth anxiously said.
Duan Ling Tian's face instantly became grim. What he was worried the most about was Ke Er's safety.
"Show me the way!"
Duan Ling Tian's stern gaze stared fixedly on the youth.
The youth felt a chill run down his spine. Not daring to look Duan Ling Tian in the eye anymore, he hurriedly walked in front and led the way.
The surrounding outer court disciples cast a gaze at each other before following them.
"The Lin Clan members actually dare to bully Big Sister Shi Shi? They are virtually courting death!"
"Let's go and teach them a lesson."
"Do they really think our Li Clan outer court disciples are so easy to offend?"
The outer court disciples that followed behind Duan Ling Tian were filled with righteous indignation.
Duan Ling Tian frowned, then he grabbed hold of the youth's arm and brought him along as he flew forward, creating some distance between them and the crowd.
"Point the way!"
The crowd of outer court disciples behind could only hear Duan Ling Tian's loud shout from far away.
"Come on! We need to hurry up, don't lose them."
The crowd of Li Clan disciples each executed their movement techniques, flying out to follow up.
But even then, they could only eat Duan Ling Tian's dust.
It was also because Duan Ling Tian was bringing along another person.
Or else it would be impossible for them to even follow Duan Ling Tian's figure with their speed.
After leaving the Li Clan Estate, Duan Ling Tian saw the two girls being blocked in a large street in the trade market.
When he saw Ke Er safely standing there, Duan Ling Tian heaved a sigh of relief.
"Li Shi Shi, as long as you and the little beauty beside you accompany us for some drinks, we'll forget about today's matter. How about it?"
A coquettish voice entered Duan Ling Tian's ears from afar.
Duan Ling Tian's expression turned grim.
Li Shi Shi's delicately shouted, "Lin Wei, you're dreaming!"
"Then I'm sorry, the few of us will be forced to ruthlessly destroy some flowers!"
The coquettish voice sounded again, this time with a trace of coldness.
Duan Ling Tian extended his hand, grabbed a Lin Clan outer court disciple's shoulder, and pulled him backwards as he walked in large strides into the blockade.
"Kid, you're courting death!"
The Lin Clan outer court disciple's face distorted as he walked forward and attacked with a fist strike.
As a result, his first struck the defensive qi barrier on the surface of Duan Ling Tian's body, so the ruthless fist strike's force reversed back to him.
He went flying backwards while emitting a shrill cry, plunging to the ground in a sorry state.
The commotion over here could not be considered small, so it had attracted the attention of everyone.
"Duan Ling Tian!"
When Ke Er and Li Shi Shi noticed Duan Ling Tian, their beautiful faces emitted expressions of delight, as if the lover they had been waiting for had finally arrived.
"Ke Er, are you ok right?"
Duan Ling Tian walked to the side of the young girl, his expression filled with concern.
"Young Master, I'm alright."
The young girl lightly shook her head. "Big Sister Shi Shi was here to take care of me."
Duan Ling Tian nodded and smiled to Li Shi Shi.
"What are you thanking me for? I brought Ke Er out, so I naturally have to take responsibility until the end."
Li Shi Shi's clear eyes flickered as she lightly shook her head.
She sighed in her heart.
"Could it be that in his eyes, I'm really not even slightly comparable to Little Sister Ke Er?"
"Kid, you dare to injure our Lin Clan members? Today, I, Lin Wei, will teach you a lesson!"
From behind the youth of was the Lin Family's leader, a youth of around seventeen years old flew out. His violently approaching palm was aimed at Duan Ling Tian's chest.
The expressions of the two girls beside Duan Ling Tian distorted; they wanted to make a move to save him.
Duan Ling Tian walked out in large strides, using his chest to meet the attack head on.
Defensive martial skill circulating.
The youth's palm struck Duan Ling Tian's chest.
Duan Ling Tian didn't budge an inch.
The youth emitted a shrill cry as he was blasted away. His body was in a sorry state; he swayed a bit before being finally able to stand firmly.
The pain the he felt coming from his arm caused cold sweat to flow out of him.
When he once again looked at Duan Ling Tian, his gaze was filled with terror.
Clap clap clap clap...
Just at this moment, the Lin Family's green-clothed youth in the lead started clapping.
"If I'm not guessing wrong, your defensive martial skill is a high grade Profound Rank martial skill, right?"
The green-clothed youth glanced deeply at Duan Ling Tian.
High grade Profound Rank martial skill?
No matter whether it was the Lin Clan outer court disciples, or the Li Clan outer court disciples that had just arrived, all of them were struck dumb.
Although the Lin Clan and the Li Clan both had high grade Profound Rank martial skills, a clan's high grade Profound Rank martial skills were only allowed to be cultivated by the genius martial artists that the clan was focusing on.
Everyone looked at Duan Ling Tian with surprised gazes.
"Ke Er, let's go home."
Duan Ling Tian grabbed the girl's hand with a gentle expression and walked towards the outside of the enclosure. He walked through the enclosure as if he had entered a place where there was no one, or no one could resist him.
The green-clothed youth's figure moved as if it had transformed into a gust of wind, blocking Duan Ling Tian.
Duan Ling Tian's expression turned grim.
"You beat up my Lin Clan members and plan to leave just like this?"
The green-clothed youth had a carefree expression; his gaze, however, emitted a hint of playfulness.
Duan Ling Tian's gaze turned cold and his voice sounded like thunder. "F**k off!"
"If your Li Clan members want to leave now, that is not a problem, but you have to fight with me... This is the precondition! In the past, I thought that the Li Clan outer court disciples only had Li Kuang who was worthy of fighting me, but only today did I find out that the there was someone like you."
The green-clothed youth's face was filled with confidence; it was as if everything was under his control.
Duan Ling Tian's eyes narrowed as a cold light flashed within them.
"Duan Ling Tian, he's Lin Qi, the Lin Clan outer court's top disciple and the son of the Lin Clan's Patriarch," Li Shi Shi warned.
Lin Clan outer court's top disciple?
Lin Clan Patriarch's son?
No matter which title he used, it was enough to cause this green-clothed youth to seem dazzling.
The Lin Clan, similar to the Li Clan, were both colossi of Aurora City.
"Have you finished considering? After a battle between the two of us, no matter who wins or who loses, I'll allow your Li Clan members to leave."
Lin Qi lightly smiled as if he didn't feel the least bit angry about what Duan Ling Tian did earlier.
Just for the chance to battle Duan Ling Tian!
The injured Lin Wei's expression turned grim as he unwillingly said, "Brother Qi, Li Shi Shi and her injured our people, you..."
Lin Qi coldly glanced at Lin Wei, interrupting Lin Wei. "Are you questioning my decision?"