Chapter 44: Intense Battle
Translator: / KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
Lin Qi's voice contained an undoubtable prestige.
Although he was young, he had developed the bearing of someone in a high position.
Lin Wei took a deep breath, not daring to open his mouth again, but his icy cold eyes still stared fixedly on Duan Ling Tian, waiting for a chance to swallow him up.
Duan Ling Tian noticed Lin Wei's gaze but paid no attention to it.
Lin Wei's strength was only on par with Li Xiao's, and as such posed no threat to him.
His gaze fell on Lin Qi.
"If you want a fight, then I'll give you one!"
Duan Ling Tian smiled to Ke Er and asked her to go wait beside Li Shi Shi before walking out in large strides to confront Lin Qi.
The Lin Clan outer court disciples all moved back a few steps, emptying out a large space.
This was, after all, Aurora City's biggest trade market, so roadside spectators quickly gathered around.
"I heard that the green-clothed youth is the Lin Clan's Patriarch's son, Lin Qi."
"Lin Qi? I've heard of him, the top ranked Lin Clan disciple amongst the juniors. At the age of only seventeen, his cultivation is already at the ninth level of the Body Tempering Stage, and he has even cultivated three high grade Profound Rank martial skills."
"Three high grade Profound Rank martial skills? Damn... The Lin Clan really expended a lot of resources on him."
"Who's the one confronting him?"
"I think it's a Li Clan disciple with another surname."
The surrounding crowd discussed in low voices.
Duan Ling Tian stared fixedly at Lin Qi with a serious expression.
Facing Lin Qi caused him to feel a strand of pressure.
Even when he faced the Fresh Breeze Town's Fang family Manager, an existence at the first level of the Core Formation stage, he didn't feel even a trace of pressure.
In other words, Lin Qi was more dangerous than Fang Qiang!
Thinking though it would make it easily understandable.
Families like the three families of Fresh Breeze Town only had high grade Yellow rank martial skills as their best martial skills.
As for movement techniques, before Duan Ling Tian gifted the Li Family a movement technique, not one of the three families of Fresh Breeze Town had one.
Defensive martial skills, on the hand, were something that were too far away for the three families to consider.
Duan Ling Tian found out through Rebirth Martial Emperor's memories that although martial skills were divided into four ranks, namely Heaven, Earth, Profound, and Yellow, Yellow Rank martial skills only encompassed offensive martial skills. No movement techniques or defensive martial skills were at the Yellow Rank.
On Cloud Continent, the lowest ranked movement technique and defensive martial skills were at least Profound Rank.
As if previously agreed upon, Duan Ling Tian and Lin Qi moved at the same time.
Spirit Serpent Movement Technique!
Duan Ling Tian's figure was graceful; every movement he made was filled with a sense of supple beauty.
His speed was so fast that the most of the people in the surrounding crowd couldn't help but gasp in admiration.
Lin Qi's legs were like afterimages; even if they flew past a snowfield, there probably wouldn't be any traces left behind.
A high grade Profound Rank martial skill.
"Where did this Duan Ling Tian come from? Since when did the Li Clan have such an incredible person? His movement technique's speed is actually not one bit inferior to Brother Qi's Traceless Snowsteps!"
"Brother Qi's Traceless Snowsteps is a high grade Profound Rank martial skill that has been cultivated to the Initial Stage, comparable to a middle grade Profound Rank movement technique at the Mastery Stage, or a low grade Profound Rank movement technique at the Perfection Stage!"
"Unbelievable! Besides the Li Clan's Li Kuang and the Xiao Clan's Xiao Yun, there is actually someone of the same generation that could compete with Brother Qi in movement techniques!"
"Humph! This Duan Ling Tian is only at the eighth level of the Body Tempering stage; didn't you all realize that Brother Qi hasn't even exerted his full strength,but instead suppressed his strength at the eighth level of the Body Tempering stage to play with him?"
"If you didn't say it, I wouldn't have noticed. Brother Qi's current attacks aren't drawing upon the energy of heavens and earth to develop into an ancient mammoth silhouette."
The crowd of Lin Clan outer disciples had complacent expressions.
It was as if the person who was flying crisscross with Duan Ling Tian and had similar speeds was not Lin Qi but themselves.
"Duan Ling Tian, receive my palm strike!" Lin Qi abruptly shouted loudly.
The sound of a gust of wind pierced out coldly.
Lin Qi's right hand abruptly slapped out; all that could be seen with the naked eye was a string of palm afterimages, enveloping towards Duan Ling Tian.
More than ten palm afterimages descending at the same time made it extremely hard to identify the real strike.
If judged wrongly, it would undoubtedly mean walking into danger.
"It's the high grade Profound Rank offensive martial skill, Overlapping Afterimages, the famous martial skill of the Lin Clan!"
"Supposedly, the Overlapping Afterimages allows the creation of ninety nine afterimages when cultivated to the Perfection Stage..."
"As expected of the Lin Clan's young genius, Lin Qi, being able to cultivate Overlapping Afterimages to the Initial Stage at the mere age of seventeen."
The surrounding crowd didn't lack people who had their own unique views.
"So this is a high grade Profound Rank offensive martial skill!"
Duan Ling Tian's heart twitched.
Through Rebirth Martial Emperor's memories, he had quite the understanding of high grade Profound Rank offensive martial skills.
A high grade Profound Rank martial skill compared to a middle grade Profound Rank martial skill was a qualitative change. Not only was the might of the skill increased by a level, it even stressed upon using a certain method to confuse the enemy before executing a swift and hard strike.
Duan Ling Tian's pupils constricted. Relying on the experience he gained from the battlefields in his previous life, he seemed to be able to see through the more than ten afterimages, pinpointing the palm strike which contained a trace of killing intent.
Duan Ling Tian drew his arms back before swinging out his right fist. His fist was aimed at one of the afterimages.
The palm and fist strikes collided.
Instantly, Duan Ling Tian and Lin Qi's bodies trembled, and Duan Ling Tian stepped three steps back whereas Lin Qi took five steps back.
The surrounding spectators were stupefied.
Lin Qi, who had suppressed his strength to the eighth level of the Body Tempering stage, was actually forced into a disadvantageous position.
"Your strength is actually stronger than an ordinary level eighth Body Tempering martial artist's by so much."
Lin Qi gazed at Duan Ling Tian with an astonished expression.
Duan Ling Tian smiled indifferently.
Because he cultivated in the Nine Dragons War Sovereign Technique, on every occasion that his cultivation broke through, his strength would always be slightly stronger than someone of the same cultivation level.
Just like now.
An ordinary eighth level Body Tempering martial artist would have the strength of 5,000 pounds.
But he, on the other hand, had a strength of 7,000 pounds.
"Haha... Satisfying! My view of you was not wrong. Besides Li Kuang and Xiao Yun, you're the first in the same generation of disciples of Aurora City capable of seeing through my true palm strike."
Lin Qi laughed loudly with a delighted expression.
Lin Qi's body shook as he flew out once more.
This time, he and Duan Ling Tian didn't purposely attack each other head on but instead flew out as they searched for their opponent's weak spots in order to defeat the opponent.
Spirit Serpent Movement Technique!
Duan Ling Tian's entire body seemed to have transformed into a spirit serpent, flying forward as he found the best chance to blast a fist strike on Lin Qi's body.
Even though the might of Collapsing Fist was unable to suppress Lin Qi's Overlapping Afterimages in a head on collision, in terms of combat experience, it would be impossible for Lin Qi to be on the same level as Duan Ling Tian.
As the strongest Weapons Specialist on Earth in his previous life, in terms of combat experience, Lin Qi was obviously not on the same level as him.
His fist descended, blasting on the defensive qi barrier that rose to the surface of Lin Qi's body.
Instantly, Duan Ling Tian felt his right fist shake as if he had pounded his fist on a turtle's shell, and he was exposed to the force of the shock that was deflected back.
Without any hesitation, Duan Ling Tian circulated his defensive martial skill!
Doing unto another what another does unto you.
He reversed as much of the deflected force as possible back to Lin Qi.
The deflected shock force was, after all, originally from Lin Qi's defensive qi barrier, so Lin Qi's defensive qi barrier didn't reject it...
Lin Qi's body trembled when the deflected shock force reached him. As if being struck by lightning, he retreated to the side in a slightly sorry manner.
"What defensive martial skills are you using?"
Lin Qi looked at Duan Ling Tian as if he had seen a ghost.
Although he was shocked by Duan Ling Tian's combat experience, what astonished him the most was Duan Ling Tian's defensive martial skill.
It was actually able to return most of the force that his Profound Turtle Form had deflected to Duan Ling Tian.
That deflected shock force originated from his defensive qi barrier, and as such his defensive qi barrier wouldn't react to reject it, so the force that was returned by to him by Duan Ling Tian caused him so suffer quite a loss.
Duan Ling Tian's defensive martial skill had thoroughly countered his defensive martial skill.
Duan Ling Tian's eyes narrowed and he slowly said, "Use your full strength. You don't have to continue suppressing your strength. If you continue as it is, you will undoubtedly lose!"
"Fine, as you wish! I really didn't expect that in the same generation of Aurora City's three great clans, there would be someone besides Li Kuang and Xiao Yun capable of forcing me to exert my full strength. Be careful, once I exert my full strength, I will have the strength of an ancient mammoth. Compared to your current strength, it will be stronger by 3,000 pounds."
Lin Qi frankly laughed.
He naturally knew that what Duan Ling Tian said was true.
Considering Duan Ling Tian's rich combat experience and the defensive martial skill that had countered his, it was more than enough to defeat him when his strength was suppressed to be on the same level as Duan Ling Tian's.
Instantly, the muscles on Lin Qi's body started to bulge up.
Above his head, the energy of heaven and earth shook as an ancient mammoth silhouette became indistinctly visible.
"This Duan Ling Tian is really abnormal; he is able to force Lin Qi to use his full strength even though he's only at the eighth level of the Body Tempering stage."
"After today's battle, Duan Ling Tian will still obtain honor even in loss!"
"Yeah, just now Brother Lin Qi was in a disadvantageous position when his strength was suppressed to the same level as Duan Ling Tian's. It's easily imaginable how if one day he breaks through to the ninth level of the Body Tempering stage, Lin Qi probably won't be his match."
The Lin Clan outer court disciples looked at Duan Ling Tian with dazed expressions.
On the other hand, the Li Clan outer court disciples had radiant expressions.
Duan Ling Tian really brought honor to their Li Clan!
From today onwards, besides Li Kuang, the Li Clan outer court would have Duan Ling Tian.
As Li Shi Shi gazed at Duan Ling Tian, her clear eyes had an extremely complicated expression.
The young girl beside her, however, seemed to not be shocked in the slightest.
As far as she was concerned, her young master would forever be the best, incomparable to anyone.
"Duan Ling Tian, be careful; once I exert my full strength, no matter whether it is strength or speed, it will all undergo a massive increase!"
After giving Duan Ling Tian a reminder, Lin Qi made his move.
Lin Qi's speed was at least 30% faster than before.
More than ten palm afterimages abruptly descended, enveloping towards Duan Ling Tian.
Lin Qi at full strength had a speed that completely surpassed Duan Ling Tian's, and the might of his Overlapping Images also surpassed Duan Ling Tian's Collapsing Fist, causing Duan Ling Tian's defensive martial skill, Greater Teleportation, to have difficulties in blocking the attack.
Even if Duan Lign Tian's had an even richer combat experience and Greater Teleportation was even more miraculous, he would still end up in a disadvantageous position after a few moves.
If the martial skills were considered as the software, then the strength of the user was the hardware.
If the hardware was inferior, then even better software would be burdened by it.
"The difference between strength is too great; Duan Ling Tian is about to lose."
Noticing Duan Ling Tian passively defending and repeatedly being forced back, the Lin Clan outer court disciples had smiles on their faces.