Chapter 57: Battling Li Zhong
Translator: / KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
The Clan Martial Meet continued.
After defeating Li Kuang, Duan Ling Tian had 74 points.
After that, he met and defeated a few inner court disciples with pretty good strength.
No Body Tempering martial artist could withstand a single move of his!
Presently, Duan Ling Tian was publically acknowledged as the number one figure in the Li Clan under the Core Formation Stage.
It wasn't long before his accumulated points rose to 79.
As for Ke Er.
She had 77 points, only losing a single match up till now.
She lost to Li Kuang.
Even though Ke Er's cultivation and martial skills' cultivation stages were similar to Li Kuang's, Li Kuang was still the former top disciple of the outer court, and he has even entered deep into the Misty Forest to fight wild animals.
In terms of combat experience, he completely outclassed Ke Er.
After being defeated by Li Kuang, the young girl had a slight sense of loss.
"Ke Er, you lost due to inadequate experience. You wouldn't lose to Li Kuang in any other area. We will enter the Misty Forest and fight wild animals more often in the future, then your combat experience will naturally be abundant."
Duan Ling Tian comforted her.
The young girl obediently nodded.
As time went by, the Clan Martial Meet finally entered its climax.
"Duan Ling Tian, Li Zhong!"
The judge's voice sounded outwards.
Duan Ling Tian's eyes narrowed, and he had a smile on his face as his body flashed up the combat arena.
Li Zhong entered the combat arena before mocking him. "Duan Ling Tian, we finally bumped into each other. Today, let me see what capability you have since you have the audacity to talk nonsense that you want to seize the title of champion in the Clan Martial Meet!"
Duan Ling Tian competing against a Core Formation inner court disciple had attracted the attention of many spectators.
After hearing what Li Zhong said.
The crowd went into an uproar.
"It can't be... Duan Ling Tian's ambition is so huge! Is he actually thinking of seizing the title of champion in the Clan Martial Meet?"
"Does he really think a mere Body Tempering martial artist like him can defeat a Core Formation martial artist?"
"Psh! No matter how strong the Body Tempering martial artist is, it will still be impossible to be a match for a Core Formation martial artist. Even if it's only a first level Core Formation martial artist who's merely initially developed Origin Energy, the strength they possess would be equal to an ancient mammoth."
"Yeah, the strength of two ancient mammoths can be exerted at the first level of the Core Formation Stage. Although this Duan Ling Tian is quite strong, he won't be strong enough until he can draw upon the forces of heaven and earth to develop two ancient mammoth silhouettes."
"He's too arrogant. Does he really think the five Core Formation inner court disciples are paper tigers?"
"Now, let Li Zhong destroy his delusions, and let him sober up properly!"
Even Duan Ling Tian never thought that a single sentence from Li Zhong would put him at the cusp of public opinion, attracting the disdain of so many people.
But he understood.
Now he could only rely on his own strength to prove himself; only then will he be able to make these people shut their mouths for good.
Clan Martial Meet champion.
He was determined to win it!
He will use his strength to prove everything.
Duan Ling Tian stared fixedly at Li Zhong as he indifferently said, "Li Zhong, whether I have the capability or not, you'll know once you try."
"I will naturally try! Not only will I try, I will defeat you in one move and let you properly experience the difference between the Core Formation Stage and the Body Tempering Stage!"
Li Zhong sneered.
Duan Ling Tian's eyes narrowed.
Li Zhong moved and the Origin Energy in his feet burst forth. He immediately using the strength of two ancient mammoths, flew out with a leap, and flashed straight towards Duan Ling Tian.
His speed was practically double of when Li Kuang executed his movement technique!
The movement technique Li Zhong executed was a high grade Profound Rank movement technique, Crossing River On A Reed.
It was his prize for battling his way into the top ten during last year's Clan Martial Meet.
He spent a year's time to cultivate it to the Initial Stage.
He always took pride in this achievement.
"Your speed is quite fast."
Duan Ling Tian's gaze brightened as his body jerked, abruptly flashing backwards.
Duan Ling Tian stomped his feet on the ground. His entire body seemed to have transformed into a cannonball, flying straight out.
An ancient mammoth silhouette slowly formed, appearing in the space above him.
Spirit Serpent Movement Technique!
Duan Ling Tian transformed into a bolt of lightning, moving to greet the violently approaching Li Zhong.
No matter whether it was Patriarch Li Ao, the elders in the high platform, or the spectators, they all couldn't help but hold their breath.
Looking at this stance, it was clear that Duan Ling Tian was planning to fight Li Zhong head on.
As he flashed forward, Duan Ling Tian's upper body tilted backward into the shape of a bow, as if transforming into a strong, heavy bow.
Whereas opposite of him, Li Zhong underwent largely similar movements.
Duan Ling Tian swung his right fist out in a straight line, bringing along with it thunder-like force.
Howling Tiger Fist!
LI Zhong attacked as well; his fist swung out like a collapsing mountain.
Their fists collided.
Li Zhong sneered as the force in his fist drained out!
As far as he was concerned, in terms of martial skill cultivation stage, Duan Ling Tian's Howling Tiger Fist was only at the Mastery Stage.
But his Howling Tiger Fist had already stepped into the Perfection Stage.
In terms of strength, his fleshly body and Origin Energy at full exertion were comparable to the strength of two ancient mammoths.
Although Duan Ling Tian's strength wasn't bad, it didn't reach the strength of two ancient mammoths, and thus was far inferior to his.
At this moment.
It was as if he could hear Duan Ling Tian's arm bones shattering.
It was as if he could see the scene of Duan Ling Tian being blasted flying.
Noticing the sneer on the corners of Li Zhong's mouth, how could Duan Ling Tian not know what he was thinking?
Instantly, the force in his fist drained out as well, colliding with the force of Li Zhong's fist.
Li Zhong's fist force instantly suppressed and destroyed Duan Ling Tian's fist strength, blasting towards Duan Ling Tian's right arm.
In this instant, if it was not remedied quickly, Duan Ling Tian's right arm would at least break a few bones or even become crippled!
Duan Ling Tian was prepared; he instantly circulated his defensive martial skill.
After all, Li Zhong's fist force had collided with his, so while suppressing and destroying his fist force, it had weakened considerably.
The Initial Stage Greater Teleportation's defensive qi barrier was more than enough to fully withstand this fist force.
Not only that, but even using the power of teleportation to return most of the force...
Do unto another what they did unto you!
Presently, the scene on the combat arena was something extremely bizarre to the spectators.
Seeing Li Zhong's fist strike breaking past Duan Ling Tian's strike, soon to blast Duan Ling Tian flying...
Just at this instant.
Duan Ling Tian's body slightly jerked and then did not budge an inch more.
On the other hand, Li Zhong's expression turned grim as he was blasted flying like an arrow leaving the bowstring, dropping on the corner of the combat arena, nearly falling off.
The surroundings of the combat arena was extremely silent.
Most of the people couldn't understand why Li Zhong, who seemingly had the upper hand, would be abruptly blasted flying.
Could it be that he was throwing the match?
On the high platform.
"The high grade Profound Rank defensive martial skill Duan Ling Tian cultivated is completely different from the martial skill cultivated by the little girl beside him. It seems to be even stranger...."
Patriarch Li Ao's eyes flickered.
With his cultivation base, it was easy to notice some clues.
"Aren't they Branch Clan disciples from Fresh Breeze Town? How could it be possible to have so many high grade Profound Rank martial skills? Moreover, these martial skills seem to be much more remarkable than our Main Clan's martial skills."
Another elderly person on the side was slightly startled.
"Don't forget, they are disciples with another surname. This Duan Ling Tian is even of the Duan surname! The Duan surname is well-renowned in our Crimson Sky Kingdom," the white-eyebrowed old man slowly said.
"What you mean to say is... the Imperial City's Duan Clan?"
"If Duan Ling Tian is really a member of the Imperial City's Duan Clan, having so many remarkable martial skills isn't something strange. But I'm curious; if he's really a disciple of the Duan Clan, for what reason could he have possibly come from the Fresh Breeze Town Branch Family and even be recommended by them to our Li Family Main Clan?"
"Maybe there were certain reasons behind it. After the Clan Martial Meet, I will send some people over to the Fresh Breeze Town Branch Family to do some digging."
At a corner of the combat arena.
"Useless thing! Really throwing the face of us Core Formation martial artists."
The grey-clothed youth swept a cold and indifferent gaze at Li Zhong.
"Li An, you seem to be extremely resentful towards that Duan Ling Tian."
A hearty laughter approached as a green-clothed youth walked in large strides towards him.
Li An's pupils constricted when he noticed who it was.
LI Hu was like him, also a Core Formation inner court disciples that was participating in the Clan Martial Meet.
"What's wrong? Not enough confidence?"
Li Hu laughed.
"How could that be possible? All he can do is play with trash like Li Zhong."
Li An disdainfully laughed.
On the other side.
"This Duan Ling Tian's strength is quite good," said a slim and graceful young girl wearing light violet clothes. Her charming red lips slightly moved with a tone that had a trace of shock.
The young girl had shining eyes and white teeth, having peerless elegance.
"Humph! Just a Body Tempering martial artist.
Beside the young girl stood a proud and aloof white-clothed youth.
His manner of speaking seemed to portray that he looked down upon everyone.
"Li Qing, he isn't any simple Body Tempering martial artist. When you were at the Body Tempering Stage, could you have achieved a feat like this? I'm slightly interested in him. Such an interesting person."
The young girl faintly smiled, her clear eyes flickered with an enchanting brilliance.
The young girl, however, didn't notice that at this moment, after hearing what she said, the white-clothed youth beside her had a completely gloomy expression.
His eyes even gazed upon the violet-clothed youth on the combat arena, flickering with a slight malicious gleam.
"Little Sister Ke Er, have you always known that Duan Ling Tian was so abnormal?"
Li Shi Shi noticed that the young girl beside her was not one bit shocked with Duan Ling Tian's performance.
"Big Sister Shi Shi, how can you say something like that about Young Master?"
The young girl was slightly displeased.
"OK, OK, I won't say anything."
Li Shi Shi hurriedly smiled apologetically, her gaze once again descending upon the violet-clothed youth in the combat arena.
"Duan Ling Tian, I really wonder how many lifetimes of fortune you accumulated to get a girl like Ke Er to be by your side."
Li Shi Shi sighed faintly.
She understood that based solely on this fact, no one could possibly replace Ke Er's position in Duan Ling Tian's heart.
Li Xiao's expression was extremely ugly. His brother was actually forced into a disadvantageous position by Duan Ling Tian in a head-on battle.
On the combat arena.
Li Zhong drew in a deep breath, slowly calming down his agitated mood.
"Duan Ling Tian, I have to admit, your defensive martial skill is really peculiar... But everything is over."
As his voice dropped, Li Zhong moved once more.
Crossing River On A Reed!
His entire body jumped agilely, like a swift gust of wind...
"Unless your speed is faster than mine, I'll be in an invincible position. Once I find your weak point, you will undoubtedly lose!"
Li Zhong's voice spread out, as if coming from the surroundings.
His body flashed about on the combat arena, disrupting Duan Ling Tian's line of sight.
"Are you really so confident?"
Duan Ling Tian started laughing.