Chapter 944: Forty Eight People
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
“Huh?” Duan Ling Tian who had just landed on the high platform with Feng Tian Wu was immediately surrounded by a group of people. Although his brows were lifted up high, his face still remained calm.
As Duan Ling Tian casually glanced at his surroundings, he immediately identified the people surrounding him were the disciples from Sun Moon Sect — seventeen of them — and Skywolf Fort — nineteen of them.
There was a total of 36 people.
For the opening of the Martial Emperor’s secret treasure this time, each sect had made a promise that each of them would only bring twenty young disciples so that each sect could have a small share. Due to this reason, each of the sects only brought twenty young disciples along.
Since Duan Ling Tian had killed one of the twenty Sun Moon Sect’s disciples, there were nineteen left.
Currently, other than the two black-clad young men standing afar with an easy grace, the other seventeen Sun Moon Sect’s disciples had all surrounded him. Each of them was glaring at him like a ravenous tiger with a deep hatred in their eyes.
As for Skywolf Fort, the other nineteen disciples, including Ye Ling, had also surrounded him one by one apart from Zi Shang who had fallen into the bottomless abyss.
Different from the hatred that could be seen in the eyes of the seventeen Sun Moon Sect’s disciples, the nineteen Skywolf Fort’s disciples were eyeing him with greed as though he was some sort of a treasure.
Naturally, the treasure was not Duan Ling Tian himself but the ones in his hands.
The four Ninth Level Concept Fragments and the stone monument that could fly in the Flight Prohibiting Formation were more than enough to draw out the greed in most people.
“Hu Lin, are we really just going to stand back and watch from the side?” One of the two Sun Moon Sect’s disciples standing afar asked with a frown on his face, “Don’t you think it’s a little unseemly if we don’t go? After all, Lu Kai was our Junior Brother, and avenging him is a responsibility that we can’t relinquish!”
A smirk crept up on the corner of the other person’s mouth as he asked faintly, “What? You want to sacrifice your life?”
“Sacrifice? You mean… Duan Ling Tian can handle all of them?” The former gasped before he continued to murmur, “B-But, is this even possible? There are 36 current outstanding young disciples from our Sun Moon Sect and Skywolf Fort! Even if all of the Five Element Sect’s people join in the fight, I don’t think they’ll be able to block all the attacks, right?” The former asked again.
“Zhang Ping, you’re wrong.” Hu Lin narrowed his eyes, a hint of dread could be seen in the depth of his eyes as he muttered, “That Duan Ling Tian is way more horrifying than you think. Do you really think he can kill Lu Kai with one blow just because his strength is slightly better than Lu Kai’s? From what I could see, when this Duan Ling Tian was killing Lu Kai, apart from not using any spirit weapon, he still withheld quite an amount of his energy. Although 36 people seem a lot, it’s still a vain dream if they really think they can kill Duan Ling Tian just like that!” Hu Fei’s tone was filled with solemness.
The moment Zhang Ping thought about it, he murmured to himself, “Is he really that terrifying?” He shifted his attention to Duan Ling Tian who was surrounded by the 36 disciples from Sun Moon Sect and Skywolf Fort.
“Well, you can see for yourself later whether he’s really that terrifying or not,” Hu Lin continued nonchalantly, “I believe that when that time comes, you’ll be glad that you still have a life to spare. Hurmph! This group of idiots wouldn’t even listen to me! It serves them right if they die!” The ‘idiots’ that he was referring to were none other than the seventeen Sun Moon Sect’s disciples who were carried away with hatred.
Before the seventeen Sun Moon Sect’s disciples surrounded Duan Ling Tian, they had invited him but he had rejected their invitation. When he expressed his concern, he was called a ‘coward’ by the other seventeen Sun Moon Sect’s disciples and was even told that he was unworthy of being called ‘Big Senior Brother Chief’ by the current young disciples of the Sun Moon Sect.
“What’re you guys doing?” The moment they saw Duan Ling Tian and Feng Tian Wu were surrounded, many of the Five Element Sect’s disciples’ faces either darkened or were gleaming dangerously as they glared at the Sun Moon Sect’s and Skywolf Fort’s disciples.
Among the group of disciples from Skywolf Fort, Duan Ling Tian was familiar with Ye Ling, the strongest person among the young generation in the Darqing Dynasty. Ye Ling looked at Duan Ling Tian with an aloof expression as he growled in a deep voice, “Duan Ling Tian, as long as you hand over the four Ninth Level Concept Fragments and the stone monument from earlier, we’ll let you go unharmed!”
“Ye Ling?” Duan Ling Tian narrowed his eyes. A smirk crept up on the corner of his mouth — a smirk that was full of mockery.
At this moment, there was only one thought in his mind. Be it Ye Ling or the group of disciples from Skywolf Fort and Sun Moon Sect, all of them were out of their minds.
Did they really think that they could kill him just by relying on sheer number alone?
The fact was Duan Ling Tian did not know that the Skywolf Fort’s disciples who entered late were not aware of the fact that he had killed a Ninth Level Void Interpretation Sun Moon Sect’s disciple who had comprehended the Ninth Level Void Interpretation Concept in just one blow. Otherwise, they would not have agreed to the Sun Moon Sect’s disciples’ request and become their partners in crime to go against Duan Ling Tian.
As for the Sun Moon Sect’s disciples, it was very likely that they had been overcome with hatred.
Unlike the other forces, the disciples from the Sun Moon Sect were basically taken into the sect since they were young. They had undergone a series of brainwashing education and training. For the sake of Sun Moon Sect’s benefit, they would do anything regardless of their own safety.
To put it simply, most of the Sun Moon Sect’s disciples were basically a group of maniacs.
Naturally, there were exceptions as well.
A fine example would be Hu Lin, the strongest person among the young generation in Sun Moon Sect. Other than being intelligent since young, he was not successfully brainwashed by the Sun Moon Sect.
“A group of maniacs!” Nangong Yi stood by the side and shook his head with a nonchalant expression on his face. He was not at all worried about Duan Ling Tian’s safety.
“A group of people that are seeking death!” Huang Daniu, Su Li, and Zhang Shou Yong stood on the other side. There was not even a trace of anxiety, they appeared to be completely unbothered by it.
Naturally, they were only so calm because they had faith in Duan Ling Tian’s strength.
Tian Zhen’s eyes were as wide as saucers as he cast a glance at Tan Huan. He voiced out his doubts, “The Skywolf Fort disciples are still okay. I mean, they don’t really know Duan Ling Tian’s strength… However, the Sun Moon Sect’s disciples still dare to fight Duan Ling Tian even though they already knew his full strength? Are they really out of their minds?”
“Look at the expressions on the seventeen Sun Moon Sect’s disciples, it’s totally different from the nineteen Skywolf Fort’s disciples. Hatred is more apparent in the eyes of the Sun Moon Sect’s disciples while greed is more obvious in the eyes of the Skywolf Fort’s disciple.” As Tan Huan carefully scrutinized them, she easily noticed that something was amiss. “The former is most likely trying to avenge Lu Kai, the Sun Moon Sect’s disciple that Duan Ling Tian killed earlier. Meanwhile, the latter has no doubt been convinced by the Sun Moon Sect’s disciples and is trying to snatch the treasures from Duan Ling Tian.”
“Looks like the Skywolf Fort’s disciples are going to turn into cannon fodders for the Sun Moon Sect’s disciples.” After a moment of observation, Tian Zhen nodded. He fully agreed with Tan Huan’s statement.
At this moment, an Emotion Severing Sect’s disciple looked at Zhang Yan and asked with a burning gaze in his eyes, “Senior Brother Yan, should we join in?”
The Emotion Severing Sect had entered the great door together with Skywolf Fort so they also did not witness the scene where Duan Ling Tian killed Lu Kai, the Sun Moon Sect’s disciple, with just one blow. Due to that reason, they were not clear about Duan Ling Tian’s true strength.
All the same, the other eighteen Emotion Severing Sect’s disciples, other than Qi Feng and Qin Hao whom Duan Ling Tian was familiar with, were all staring at Duan Ling Tian with obvious greed in their eyes.
Qi Feng and Qin Hao were ranked third and fourth respectively in the Martial Competition of the Ten Dynasties that Skywolf Fort organized several months ago. After that, they had followed Pei An, the Sect Leader of the Emotion Severing Sect, to the Emotion Severing Sect.
During the opening of the Martial Emperor’s secret treasure this time, the two of them had made great improvements thanks to Emotion Severing Sect’s vigorous training, and they had been entrusted with heavy responsibilities to search and plunder for the Profundity Fragments hidden in the Martial Emperor’s secret treasure for the Emotion Severing Sect.
Zhang Yan looked aloof as he told them nonchalantly, “All of you can go ahead if you want to die.”
“Hurmph!” At this moment, a person walked out from the Emotion Severing Sect. It was a young man who was close to forty and fully cloaked in grey.
He cast a glance at Zhang Yan coldly as he mocked him, “Zhang Yan, you’re the direct disciple of the sect leader and yet you’re becoming more and more cowardly now!”
“If the sect’s great ancestors know that the Emotion Severing Sect’s disciple who has successfully cultivated the Supreme Emotion Forsaking Technique is actually such a coward, I’m sure they would be so infuriated that they would spit out three liters of blood even if they’re already dead!” When he ended his sentence, the mocking look on the grey-clad young man’s face became even more apparent. A hint of jealousy and hatred could be seen in the depth of his eyes.
Anyone with eyes could see that he did not get along well with Zhang Yan.
“Well, if you’re not afraid of death, please feel free to go ahead.” Zhang Yan did not even bother to look at him in the eyes as he continued apathetically, “However, I have to remind you. If you die, it’ll all be on you! The sect will not avenge you.”
“Of course! I’m not as cowardly as you!” After being looked down by Zhang Yan, the grey-clad young man’s face darkened instantly as he snorted with disdain.
Without wasting any time, he proceeded to call the other Emotion Severing Sect’s disciples, “Attention please, everyone from the Emotion Severing Sect! Those who want to join forces with the Sun Moon Sect’s and Skywolf Fort’s disciples so that we can get a share of the goodies, come with me now!”
The moment the words left his mouth, the gray-clad young man had already flown out and joined the ranks of the Sun Moon Sect’s and Skywolf Fort’s disciples before casting a pair of greedy eyes at Duan Ling Tian.
“Senior Brother Wei, wait for me!” Without delay, one Emotion Severing Sect’s disciple followed suit and flew out as well.
“Senior Brother Wei is a Ninth Level Void Interpretation powerhouse who has comprehended the First Level Void Transformation Concept after all! How hard could it be for him to kill that Duan Ling Tian?” In just an instant, the other Emotion Severing Sect’s disciples followed suit one after another.
In just a blink of an eye, the Emotion Severing Sect’s disciples who were left behind were only Zhang Yan, Qi Feng, Qin Hao, and five other disciples.
Twelve Emotion Severing Sect’s disciples, including that gray-clad young man, had joined in the encirclement and were staring greedily at Duan Ling Tian.
“What a party!” When Duan Ling Tian saw the group of people surrounding him grew from 36 people to 48, not only did he not feel an ounce of fear, a ridiculing smile appeared on his face instead.
“Tian Wu, take leave first.” Duan Ling Tian turned toward Feng Tian Wu and smiled.
When Feng Tian Wu saw the confidence in Duan Ling Tian’s eyes, she immediately dismissed the idea of helping him before she nodded her head sensibly.
She walked away from the encirclement without any hesitation while the group of Skywolf Fort’s disciples who formed the encirclement made way for her.
At any rate, their target was Duan Ling Tian, not Feng Tian Wu.
Feng Tian Wu had Blade Sect as her patron, they did not need to invite more troubles for themselves.