Chapter 246 Duel (Part III)
Once the longsword in Fang Xingjian's hand got near to the Snake of Engulfment, he sensed that something was wrong. It was because he started to feel cold all over; his heat was being absorbed incessantly.
When his sword pierced into the Snake of Engulfment, this feeling grew stronger than before, and even his speed had started to slow down.
However, the power from the Terra Ingurgitation was truly too brutal. Even though the Snake of Engulfment was absorbing the heat from Fang Xingjian's body incessantly... With the enhancement of the Ether Sword Ripples and the Terra Ingurgitation, the Silver Fox Styx still continued to tear through the entire Snake of Engulfment in under one thousandth of a second.
It then tapped on the giant egg the Astral Tempest had formed.
Streams of waves formed from the trembling force appeared continuously on the surfaces of the Astral Tempest. In the end, this attack caused the entire Astral Tempest to explode, bursting out like a huge egg of chaos.
The Silver Fox Styx in Fang Xingjian's hand tore the streams of stars apart mercilessly and continued on to thrust toward Hoult, who was standing amidst the stars.
However, it seemed as though the longsword in his hand had reached its limits as well. After having channelled the force of the Terra Ingurgitation twice in a day, he then proceeded to slash through the Snake of Engulfment and Astral Tempest. When Fang Xingjian's longsword was about to tear apart Hoult's body, the entire longsword broke into pieces.
However, despite this, the remaining impact from the Terra Ingurgitation still burst forth, sending Hoult flying. With a bang, Hoult knocked against the ice fog the four examiners had created through combined efforts, then he gradually came to a stop.
With the final push of power, all the trembling in the battle coliseum finally came to a stop. Fortunately, the four examiners had taken measures earlier and thus, were able to block most of the impact from the attacks. It was only the many walls in the battle coliseums which had cracked. Additionally, some students, who were Knights, had dropped to the ground, but fortunately, most of them were uninjured.
The entire arena, which had been encompassed by a layer of icy fog, was now covered with frost, appearing as though there was flour everywhere. Half of Fang Xingjian's body had also become numb, with serious frost bites. Even his internal organs as well as his blood vessels were starting to deteriorate due to having lost a massive amount of heat.
Fang Xingjian immediately sat down on the ground and started cultivating to heal his wounds. He moved his body gradually in order to create heat and heal his wounds.
Hoult spewed out a mouthful of blood and laughed loudly, "To think that your skills are one notch higher than mine. I lost even with Crimson Fire. If your Styx had not shattered at the last moment, I would be dead."
Fang Xingjian said coldly, "You have the Astral Tempest to protect you. Even if my Styx didn't break, it would have only injured you severely at most. It's impossible for it to have killed you."
After that, neither of them spoke another word. Both of them sat down cross-legged on the ground and started to heal their own wounds.
The four examiners brought down the ice fog and looked at Fang Xingjian, who was seated in the arena, and Hoult, who was seated below the arena. The result of the battle was very clear.
Moreover, they had seen the entire battle earlier.
"How was it?"
"Has Hoult lost?"
"Or did Fang Xingjian lose?"
Chatter started to break out from amidst the stands. The speed of the final attack had been too fast and too strong. 99% of the people present had not been able to see it clearly and, thus, did not know what had happened.
Everyone's gazes were fixed in the direction of the arena, waiting for the results of this match in great anticipation.
Governor Devitt fell stunned for a short moment, but in the next moment, the great deal of words he had wanted to say turned into a single line.
He said, "Then let me announce that this year's Regional Champion is Kirst Academy's Fang Xingjian!"
The battle coliseum fell silent for a moment. Then in next moment, a tremendous amount of sound exploded loudly.
Countless people stood up, cheering, cursing, and shouting as though they were celebrating the birth of this year's Regional Champion.
Fang Xingjian exhaled and thought to himself, 'I've finally won.'
In this moment, his stamina had been wiped out completely, and he was no longer able to unleash any more techniques like the Terra Ingurgitation or Ether Sword Ripples. Even the Styx, which had only been with him for a couple of days, was now wasted.
However, everything had been worth it-coming up first in the Regional Selection had won him a lot of time.
In the stands, Ferdinand cheered and jumped in joy. With great joy, he then gave a hug each to Kirst's City Lord, Anthony and Robert!
"I've won! I've won! Hahahaha!"
Thinking of the gold he would be getting his hands on, Ferdinand could not help but break out in laughter.
However, Anthony and Robert both smiled slightly bitterly. They could have won one or two thousand gold but ended up winning only a few hundred gold due to their hesitation. Suddenly, they felt great heartache.
Mongul's City Lord took a long look at Fang Xingjian who was seated cross-legged in the arena. Shaking his head, the City Lord left with his son, David.
Tresia Clan's Adri, the Deputy Commander of the Imperial Guards, looked at Fang Xingjian. There seemed to be countless schemes and plots flashing past his eyes.
Then in the next moment, someone took the lead and clapped, and all the spectators in the entire battle coliseum broke out into applause.
Amidst the applause, which were like sea waves, Manny and Rota walked up into the arena and helped Fang Xingjian down.
The following matches were the placement of the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and other places. However, most of the people present would probably not have the mood to watch the matches anymore.
Devitt and the other three examiners walked up as well. They looked at Fang Xingjian and said, "Go and have a good rest. There's no need for you to be concerned with the remaining matches."
Fang Xingjian nodded and was helped out of the battle coliseum by a few maids. Just then, the sky turned dark, and a black fog surrounded the entire battle coliseum. It was as though a canopy of darkness had covered up the skies, blocking out the sunshine in the sky.
A Conferred Knight appeared above the battle coliseum. He was wearing black clothes and armor, and his head was completely covered up by a black helmet.
Looking at the gazes everyone were casting toward him, he said calmly, "Looks like I'm not too late. Has the Regional Champion from the Great Western Region just been decided?"
Devitt's gaze turned cold as he said, "Dark Knight? Then has the First Prince come as well?"
"Haha, that's right." Pitched black fog started to appear behind the Dark Knight, forming a pitch black silhouette. However, when Fang Xingjian saw this figure, he was stunned. It was the the silhouette of the First Prince, George Krieg.
There were thirty-six clones in the thirty-six contracts in the Hell's Map, each representing the Ancient Path of Hell's understanding of the thirty-six types of powers in Hell.
Previously, the First Prince had appeared as flames. This time around, it was darkness.
This First Prince, formed from the black fog, was filled with a feeling of mystery and devastation. It was as though there were sounds of forlorn crying at all times, as though many agonized faces were trying to emerge from his body at any moment.
He swept a glance at the crowd below him, much like a god announcing his decree to the world. Each of his words resonated in the hearts of the people, instilling terror into them.
Despite merely standing there in the air, he seemed to wish for everyone to prostrate themselves in worship and with feels of surrender.
Fang Xingjian thought to himself, 'That's so powerful! This clone is much stronger than the fire clone from the other time.'
The First Prince, who was up in the air, said in a calm voice, "His Majesty has agreed to my request to let me be this year's Royal Supervisory Officer and supervise the Regional Selection in the eight regions. I was given the right to select elite talents directly and let them enrol in the National Royal Academy. We'll let them grow stronger and then have them do their part to serve the Royal family.
"The reason I've come to the Great Western Region today is to pick out talents from the top ten to bring back to the Imperial Capital with me."
The First Prince's words caused the entire battle coliseum enter into an uproar. The countenances of Devitt and the other three examiners all turned grim as they look up at the Dark Knight and the First Prince with unwelcoming expressions.