Chapter 290: Murong Chong to the Rescue
A purple saber light flashed and Xiao Chen's saber quickly vibrated in the air. Four branches of the divine Wukui Tree turned into dense saber Qi. They flew without any hesitation.
"Dang! Dang! Dang!"
The saber Qi and the sword Qi clashed in the air non-stop.They gave off explosive metallic sounds.
The four assassins moved like phantoms, each coming from a different direction as they quickly headed for Xiao Chen. The four of them were already Inferior Grade Martial Kings. Their speed had already broken the sound barrier and they could merge their body into the wind, As a result, their movements were soundless.
"Purple Thunder True Fire! Shoot!"
A fierce flame started burning continuously in Xiao Chen's right eye and quickly condensed into a purple light. Then, it stretched out into a purple arrow.
The arrow flew out at lightning speed that was faster than the speed of sound. It pierced through the chest of the assassin in front of Xiao Chen before flying into the distance like a meteor.
At this point in time, it would be foolish for Xiao Chen to continue to hide his trump cards when he was surrounded by four Inferior Grade Martial Kings.
"Bang! Bang! Bang!"
The jade pendant on Xiao Chen's chest was quickly activated. The remaining three Inferior Grade Martial Kings thought they could take advantage of the moment he attacked. Unfortunately, they fell for his trap and their attacks were rebounded.
The huge force that rebounded from the Essence Shield knocked the three of them back. They had used their full powered attacks. Almost all of this strength was rebounded. They were caught off guard and their Essence turned chaotic.
I have to finish this quickly. If I drag this out for too long, I will be at a greater disadvantage, Xiao Chen quickly thought to himself. I only have so many trump cards, if they see through them, those moves will become useless.
"Wukui Shakes the Heavens!"
Xiao Chen shouted and leaped into the air. The ancient divine Wukui Tree materialized into existence. It carried a heaven shaking aura that could split the earth as it pressed toward a retreating Martial King.
"Bang! Bang! Bang!"
This killing move that was infused with the strong state of thunder pushed back this Inferior Grade Martial King. He had no way to resist and the divine tree caused him to vomit a mouthful of blood. After being struck by this blow, he was knocked flying again.
After receiving two consecutive heavy attacks, that Inferior Grade Martial King temporarily lost all his combat prowess. Xiao Chen could not be bothered with this person as he turned around and welcomed the two assassins behind him.
A purple flickering light appeared below Xiao Chen and a strange purple flower bud emerged from nowhere. It encased him within.
When the two Martial Kings struck the flower bud, there was no reaction at all. When they saw the situation, they quickly withdrew.
Xiao Chen shouted from within the flower bud. The purple flower bud started to blossom. After a while, its petals danced around in the sky and turned into many dazzling Wukui Flowers.
Xiao Chen flashed through the air and moved through the flowers in the sky before piercing out. Xiao Chen's speed was instantly raised to its peak. Under the light of the countless petals, he had reached two times the speed of sound.
Xiao Chen, who had achieved mach two, pierced through an assassin without any mishaps. This speed was something they could not react to.
"Wukui Supporting the Heavens!"
Xiao Chen shouted and the petals in the air gathered at the assassin's wound and quickly entered it. This assassin was immediately knocked back by two hundred meters.
In the next instant, a huge Wukui Tree grew out of that Martial King's chest, pressing him firmly on the ground.
When Xiao Chen made his move, the remaining assassin did not hesitate to pierce his sword at Xiao Chen.
Xiao Chen had already used all his trump cards. Furthermore, he had just executed a move. He simply had no way to dodge this sword. All he could do was move slightly to avoid receiving a fatal wound.
Blood immediately spurted out of Xiao Chen's chest. The wound was only 6.6 millimeters away from his heart. If he was slightly closer, he might have died.
Xiao Chen felt an intense pain but despite that, he became very calm at this crucial point.
Xiao Chen resisted the boundless pain and grabbed the sword with his left hand. Blood poured out of his left hand as he stopped his opponent from pushing it deeper. At the same time, the Lunar Shadow Saber in his right hand pierced toward that person's chest quickly.
Xiao Chen's opponent did not dodge. A cold killing intent flashed in his eyes as he changed his grip on the sword from a single-handed grip to a double-handed one.
Suddenly, Xiao Chen felt a strong Essence pouring into the sword. If the Essence entered his body through the sword, it could immediately shatter his heart. This was because the wound was too close to the heart.
This opponent had actually chosen to die together. The assassins of Flying Snow Manor were too extreme.
Just as Xiao Chen was about to despair, a gentle cool breeze suddenly blew in the surroundings. A light flashed and the assassin's head was lobbed off.
The Essence that was surging in the sword immediately dissipated. The person that lost his head fell heavily.
Xiao Chen watched as the person who helped him kill the two heavily injured Martial King. His eyes were filled with surprise, this person was actually someone he did not really get along with-Murong Chong.
It was not a coincidence that Murong Chong appeared here. After he found out Xiao Chen had taken the Tendon Refining Flower, he had been following Xiao Chen from afar.
Murong Chong watched as Xiao Chen slowly pulled out the sword in his chest. Then, Murong Chong said indifferently, "I'll let you live for now. On the fifteenth, I will come for it personally."
Xiao Chen spread some Golden Salve on his wound. After he was bandaged up, he looked at the distant Murong Chong. His eyes were filled with doubt. "What is going on? What is happening on the fifteenth? The bad feeling that I been having...is it related to him?"
At the foot of Lingyun Mountain Range, Xiao Chen immediately made a mad dash for Qingyun Peak after he verified his identity with the Heavenly Saber Pavilion guard.
Xiao Chen did not even bother to deal with his wound properly. He had only spread some medicine on it and wrapped it up in a simple manner. Before he had traveled very far, he felt pain coming from his chest.
However, that unsettling feeling in his heart was growing more intense. Xiao Chen was sure that something had happened to someone he cared about on Qingyun Peak.
"Ye Chen is back! Look! Ye Chen is really back!" the disciples who recognized Xiao Chen said in astonishment when he passed by the other Peaks.
"I heard that he killed the well-known expert, Yue Mingshan, after he killed the Black Tuna Whale at the Black Dragon River. His deeds are being praised throughout the entire Xihe Province."
"Indeed. Furthermore, he struck a draw with Me Chengxue in Xihe City, he was not at any disadvantage at all. For him to be able to strike a draw with Mu Chengxue, his name will become well-known throughout the Xihe Province."
"However, something major happened in Qingyun Peak, causing his face off against Murong Chong to advance. It would be hard for him to keep his life in the life-and-death match. It is very unfortunate."
"Murong Chong was already a Superior Grade Martial Saint a year ago. With his talent, he would be able to kill a regular Inferior Grade Martial King easily. Ye Chen's chances against him are slim!"
The discussions in the surroundings entered Xiao Chen's ears. This caused his already anxious expression to turn even more unsightly. Liu Ruyue better be fine!
Xiao Chen endured the pain coming from his chest all the way until he reached Qingyun Peak. Without thinking too much, he immediately headed for Liu Ruyue's room.
The Qingyun peak was the same as before. Cool breezes blew and water flowed and the place was filled with greenery. There were very few people and it was very quiet. Along his way, he did not meet anyone.
When Xiao Chen arrived at Liu Ruyue's courtyard, he controlled his urge to use his Spiritual Sense to check the inside. He took a deep breath and relaxed the pained and anxious expression on his face.
"Dong! Dong! Dong!"
Footsteps came from the courtyard. Xiao Chen quickly looked up but it was Liu Suifeng walking out urgently with an anxious expression.
When Liu Suifeng looked up, he saw Xiao Chen at the gates. He immediately revealed a joyful expression and said, "Ye Chen! When did you come back?"
Xiao Chen smiled faintly, "Not long ago, I just arrived."
Xiao Chen asked in a probing manner, "Is Elder Sister Ruyue fine?"
When Liu Suifeng heard this, his smile immediately vanished. His expression turned back into one of anxiousness. Then, he sighed and said, "Don't go in first. Let's talk at the side."
"My Sis failed in her attempt to break through to Martial King. Her meridians were severed and she became a cripple." Along the way, Liu Suifeng calmly told him something that Xiao Chen found unbelievable.
Although Xiao Chen had a premonition that something had happened to Liu Ruyue, before he got any concrete news, he still tried to keep an optimistic mindset.
Severed meridians and turning into a cripple...how could Liu Ruyue accept such a result? Xiao Chen was able to understand Liu Ruyue's emotions just by thinking about it.
Xiao Chen quickly asked, "What exactly happened? Her cultivation was already very close to Martial King. Why did she try to forcibly breakthrough? Is letting nature take its course out of the question? When the conditions are right, success will naturally follow."
For a Martial Saint to advance to Martial King, the difficulties involved were greater than of any of the advancement in cultivation realms before it. This was especially so when trying to break through before the age of twenty-five. The difficulties encountered would be several times higher than a regular cultivator.
All the strong cultivators in history had one common point; they had broken through to Martial King before the age of twenty-five.
In other words, if one was able to breakthrough to Martial King before the age of twenty-five, they were guaranteed to become at the very least a Martial Monarch in the future.
With Liu Ruyue's talent, she was already very close to becoming a Martial King at twenty-four. Her becoming a Martial King before twenty-five was definite.
If nothing special happened, there would be no need to make a forceful breakthrough. The difference in danger faced when forcefully breaking through compared to waiting for the right conditions was like the difference between heaven and earth.
Being very close to the realm of Martial King did not mean that you would succeed in forcibly breaking through. The danger was not less. Because the time was not right yet, the risk involved did not change.
Liu Suifeng shook his head and smiled bitterly, "Do you remember that she suddenly entered into closed-door cultivation after she came out from the sub-space?"
Xiao Chen nodded and said, "Of course I remember. She was preparing to make the breakthrough at that time?"
Liu Suifeng nodded, "Not long after we left, Murong Chong applied for a Peak Master Contention Battle with the Elders' Assembly. My Sis had probably received notice in advance. It was likely that she did not have confidence in dealing with Murong Chong and so she decided to take the risk and try to forcibly break through to Martial King."
I'll let you live for now. On the fifteenth, I will come for it personally, Xiao Chen remembered Murong Chong's words and said, "What is the Peak Master Contention Battle? Please explain it to me in detail.
Liu Suifeng explained that the Peak Master Contention Battle was the rights of the top ten rankers on the Wind Cloud List. Within their lifetime, they had the chance to challenge a Peak Master to a fight. If they won, they would be the new Peak Master of that Peak.
Before a Peak Master Contention Battle, both parties had to sign a life-and-death agreement. As they were contending for the Peak Master position, it would be impossible for them to hold back. Hence, after the fight starts, life and death would be up to the heavens.
Such a rule had existed in the Heavenly Saber Pavilion since it was founded. In its history, there were only ten people who had ever succeeded.