Chapter 221 Eat
'Hmm, hmmm. This time around, I've killed hundreds of ferocious beasts in one breath and even killed a level 20 monster.'
Anderson was sitting on Governor Devitt's ice dragon which gradually landed at the maze's entrance. He kept thinking to himself, 'With this, compared to me, there shouldn't be anyone who performed even more outstandingly, right?'
Just as he was thinking about this, he saw Fang Xingjian was already standing at the entrance, carrying chunks of meat with black hair all over it on his back.
Many people were surrounding Fang Xingjian and talking to him. That feeling of being surrounded by people in admiration made Shadow Death God Anderson extremely jealous.
"What's this? Why are they all crowding around Fang Xingjian?" Anderson frowned. Suddenly, he took a closer look at that small mountain of meat Fang Xingjian was carrying, then he blinked and said, "That is..."
Hoult answered, "The Colossal Armed Ape. Why, doesn't the Shadow Death God have the ability to observe from afar? You didn't see that battle?"
Anderson obviously would not say that he had turned all his focus onto the level 20 ferocious beast he was up against and thus had not had any additional effort to observe other places. He merely mumbled, "To think that he killed a level 21 ferocious beast."
"And it was an instant kill," Hoult said. "Haha, seems like this time around, the one fighting with me for first place will not be you but Fang Xingjian."
"He's just lucky."
Anderson looked at the Colossal Armed Ape's corpse with his face slightly pale. Although he had remained stubborn while he spoke, he already had a faint feeling that he might truly not be Fang Xingjian's match.
'How could this be? My Shadow Death God's progression has increased my strength by 5 points, agility by 7 points, reaction by 5 points, endurance by 5 points, and flexibility by 5 points. It completely surpassed the attribute growth of a Windstorm Sword Hero.
'I can even turn into a shadow and move in that state, use Shadow Coffin to reduce my opponent's defence, and there's also my Killing technique... How can I be weaker than a Windstorm Sword Hero?'
Putting Anderson aside, David was also looking at Fang Xingjian in disbelief, as if he had just seen a ghost. Fang Xingjian seemed to have sensed David though sword Qis and turned to face him.
Looking at the eerie smile on Fang Xingjian's face, David unconsciously lowered his head, not daring to meet his gaze.
'Why did it become like this?
'To think that he could win against a level 21 ferocious beast? How can this be possible?'
David could only keep on consoling himself, 'It'll be alright. The third stage, the Pantheon Monument Observation, tests one's talent. It has nothing to do with one's battle abilities. Maybe Fang Xingjian will get eliminated there.'
However, even David himself found these words hard to belief. Fang Xingjian was a genius who had attained Heaven's Perception at the age of seventeen. In terms of talent, there was no way that David could win against Fang Xingjian.
He could only slip back to his room and begin worrying endlessly about the Regional Selection and Fang Xingjian.
Hamil let out a sigh and said, "I've been eliminated. So, I'll be leaving. Wish you guys good luck and get good results."
Looking towards Fang Xingjian, Manny, and Rota, disappointment spread out in Hamil's eyes. Rota said, "There are too many strong competitors this year. I don't know how long I can persist either. You can just take it that you're heading back to Kirst first to wait for me."
"I didn't say that I'm heading back to Kirst." Hamil smiled and said, "I still need to stay and cheer you guys on."
On the platform, Lilia smiled and let out a breath She pat her chest and said, "I almost died from the anxiety earlier. For a moment, I thought that Teacher was going to be in trouble."
Kirst's City Lord furrowed his brows, not saying a word. It was because Fang Xingjian's speed could have already surpassed his overwhelmingly. This meant that if Fang Xingjian was bent on leaving, he might not be able to hold him back.
Kirst's City Lord was a Conferred Knight, a level 25 Conferred Knight.
'He is just at the first transition...'
All the remaining fifty Knights went back to the dining hall and dormitory to rest and prepare for the third stage, the Pantheon Monument Observation, which would be held the next day.
Excitement flashed past the eyes of numerous people. The Pantheon Monument Observation... Comprehending the martial arts of a Divine level expert... How exciting was this?
There were a total of eight Pantheon Monuments across the Empire, with one in each Regional Academy, that had been created by the eight Divine level experts who had founded the Empire. The one in the Great Western Region had been created by the Melancholic Monarch, and it contained his martial arts.
However, the Knights who had remained had gone all out during the fight in the maze and thus had expanded a large amount of their energies. Although they were all excited to be able to observe the Pantheon Monument the next day, when it was time for their meal, they still needed to eat. Moreover, the food in the Regional Academy was not only free, but they also tasted good, and the ingredients were all precious heavenly and earthly treasures as well as ferocious beasts.
Manny, Fang Xingjian and Rota sat once again at the same table. Fang Xingjian looked at Manny and said, "I heard that you had also observed the Pantheon Monument the last time you participated in the Regional Selection?"
Manny smiled, nodded and said, "The Pantheon Monument has messages left behind by a Divine level expert. In this stage, Wei Leng and yourself, having attained Heaven's Perception, would definitely be at a better advantage.
"It's said that if you have outstanding talent, you'll be able to comprehend one set of martial arts from that Pantheon Monument. If your talent is unrivalled across ten thousand people, you'll be able to comprehend a second level, and the martial arts you pick up will be even greater.
"If yours is a rare talent that comes along once every hundred years, then you will have the chance to comprehend the third level martial arts. It's a pity that I had only comprehended up to the second level. It's also unlikely for my outcome to be different this time around. As for the variations for the third level and onward, I have no idea."
As the two of them were chatting, giant plates of roasted meat, braised meat, black pepper chops, meat soup, meat burgers and other foods were served. Rota frowned and asked, "Why is the food different from the yesterday's? And they are all meat?"
Fang Xingjian picked up a piece of black pepper chop and started eating. The meat was very tender, showing the chef's excellent grasp on meat texture. It was neither too dry nor too raw, and it went well with the strong black pepper taste, causing the corners of Fang Xingjian's lips to curl up slightly.
After taking a bite of the chop, he said, "I got them to make some dishes with that Colossal Armed Ape. It's a level 21 ferocious beast. We can't possibly let it go to waste."
Instantly, Rota and Manny started to feel a little bit disgusted. It was still a bit hard for them to eat an ape.
Just then, another two huge egg-like objects were sent up. Puzzled, Manny asked, "Do Colossal Armed Apes lay eggs?"
"These aren't eggs; they're eyeballs. I got the chefs to prepare it specially." Fang Xingjian grabbed an eyeball and took a bite out of it. Instantly, a spicy taste exploded out in his mouth. It was probably the chef's first time cooking the eyes of a Colossal Armed Ape, and he had used a large amount of spices, chillies, sesame oil and other ingredients to try to cover up the raw taste. It tasted very fragrant and spicy, and when matched with the eyeball's springy and smooth texture, Fang Xingjian could not help but nod in satisfaction after eating it.
"Aren't you guys eating?"
Both Manny and Rota immediately shook their heads. When the other Knights in the vicinity saw Fang Xingjian eating these foods, they could not help but frown as well. Some of them even had their mouths agape, as if they had seen something terrifying.
Just then, another string of chopped up sausages was sent up. Rota exhaled, thinking that a normal dish served had finally been served.
She picked up a piece of sausage with her fork and started eating. However, after a few bites, she said, "Why does this sausage seems overcooked? Mmm... and why does it have a stench..."
Fang Xingjian said with indifference, "Those aren't sausages. That is the part on the lower body of the Colossal Armed Ape..."
"Fang Xingjian! I'm going to kill you!"
"Alright, alright. Rota, put down your spear. Xingjian didn't do this on purpose."
"But look at him! This guy is actually still eating it! I'm going to burn them all up!"
Having eaten and drank his fill, another night passed by, and Fang Xingjian and the others finally welcomed the third stage of the Regional Selection, Pantheon Monument Observation.