Chapter 45: Immortal Sword ‘Stellar Lights’
Xiao Shuai laughed as he stepped into the middle of the congregation with Han Shandong, “As long as there is anyone here that can defeat either one of us then we shall leave this place immediately. You can pick either me or my brother Han Shandong here. But if you lose then swear fealty to the Devil Isle!”
Then he shot a look at the congregation and finally at Grandmaster Yuan Tianba before he gave a broad grin, “So who will be first?”
Zhou Hai immediately stepped forward as he shouted courageously, “I will be the first then! I am Elder Zhou Hai from the Divine Sovereign Clan!”
Young Master Yuan Chengzhi immediately whispered, “Elder Zhou, please be careful…”
Immediately there were great shouts in the congregation cheering for Zhou Hai and people were even praising his courage. It was because his renowned had further increased with his recent duel with Beitang Ying.
Xiao Shuai smirked coldly, “You? Are you fit?”
Zhou Hai said coolly, “Are you looking down at me? I may be only a golden celestial but I am a veteran of many battles. Even if you are a sacred saint, I’ve no fear of you!”
Xiao Shuai smiled coldly, “What bold words. You may pick an opponent.”
Zhou Hai pointed at Han Shandong, “Then I will pick that old man. He doesn’t use a sword?”
Xiao Shuai replied coldly, “He prefers to fight with his bare hands.”
Zhou Hai said, “But I always prefer to fight with my sword.”
Han Shandong laughed as he stepped forward, “It doesn’t matter to me. Use whatever you want then.”
Zhou Hai smiled as he unsheathed his sword, “Very well then.”
Even though he was smiling, he was trying his best to keep his calm. After all, he knew that he was fighting against someone who was on the sacred saint level. But after one had attained to the golden celestial level, the cultivation level was less helpful in a fight. Rather, the specialty of one’s martial skills played a huge part. He was confident of his Divine Sovereign Force which he had newly attained to the 7th rank. This divine skill of the Divine Sovereign Clan was stronger than most of the martial aura in the celestial realm and that was the main reasons why the Divine Sovereign Clan was ranked in the top 3 patriarch clans.
He said, “Since you are an elder and as well as a Sacred Saint, shouldn’t you be graceful enough to give me an advance of three strokes…”
All of a sudden an outburst of martial power had enveloped around Han Shandong as he raised his hand. In that single instant, the air around them had exploded furiously and Zhou Hai had been sent flying through the air as a silhouette of a big palm could be clearly seen at the instant of the attack.
Everyone was stunned…
“Isn’t that the lost martial divine skill, the Big Dipper Hands?”
Zhou Hai was left moaning on the ground. Although he still had a little strength to fight but he refused to get up. The attack had broken through his golden body and if he continued to fight then he would surely be killed…
Therefore he shouted weakly, “I yield!”
Now the expression on Grandmaster Yuan Tianba was even more solemn. He was a peaked golden saint and had attained to the 8th rank of the Divine Sovereign Force. But in front of such a formidable opponent, he had little confidence. Therefore he could only continue to wait. Secretly he cast a look at Grandmaster Yun Zongheng as though he was trying to say, “We need to co-operate to drive away these malicious stars. In order to do so, we need to deploy a wolf pack tactic to exhaust their strength!”
Han Shandong laughed jovially, “Indeed that is the Big Dipper Hands. Anyone else wants to fight with me?”
An old man jumped out and shouted, “I am the Tang Yiren of the Three Saint Sword Elders and I hailed from the Celestial Sword Clan. I will like to challenge you!”
When everyone saw that it was Tang Yiren that had stepped forward, they were delighted. Tang Yiren was an intermediate stage Sacred Saint and he had a fearsome reputation in the celestial realm. At the same time he was also the most formidable fighter and the only sacred saint among the Three Saint Sword Elders.
Han Shandong said indifferently, “I’ve heard of the reputation of the Three Saint Elders. Why don’t you fight me together?”
Immediately Elder Xiahou Bang and Elder Ran Tianyou had stepped out with their swords. Together they were more formidable because the three of them could display the Three Saints Sword Array, a deadly sword formation that enhanced their attacks by more than doubled!
“I’m Xiahou Bang!”
“I’m Ran Tianyou!”
Tang Yiren, Xiahou Bang and Ran Tianyou immediately arranged themselves into their Three Saints Sword Array while Han Shandong merely sneered as he gently put his foot forward and there was a burst of strong martial force that was enveloping him and those nearby immediately felt dizzy; it was because this martial force seemed to be sucking their life force away!
The Three Saint Elders, Grandmaster Yun Zongheng, Grandmaster Yuan Tianba and many of the experienced celestial exponents immediately turned ashen. It was because they had recognized this divine skill to be the Divine Rejuvenation Force which could dissipate their martial forces and replenished one’s martial power.
In theory, this old freak Han Shandong here could never exhaust his martial power against a weaker opponent. Even though he did not have a weapon in his hands but all the martial skills that he was displaying was the epitome divine skills of the celestial realm!
Han Shandong yawned, “What are you waiting for? Are you waiting for me to attack you?”
Tang Yiren immediately flashed to attack him and he was followed closely by Xiahou Bang and Ran Tianyou. Before they had closed their distance with Han Shaodong, they had already attacked with their sword energies!
Han Shaodong smiled coldly, “I’m afraid that your sword energies are too weak against my Divine Rejuvenation Force.” He raised both hands and there was a thunderous thunderclap as two gigantic outline of a palm appeared in front of the Three Saint Elders, instantly exploding against them and sending the three of them to crash backward with a thunderous impact onto the ground!
Xiahou Bang and Ran Tianyou were instantly killed while Tang Yiren was grievously injured.
Tang Yiren struggled to stand, “I have…not lost…yet…”
All of a sudden he had coughed out a bout of blood and immediately lost his consciousness! He had been struck headlong by the power of two Big Dipper Hands. Even though he was a formidable sacred saint but the power of two Big Dipper Hands combined with the martial power of the Divine Rejuvenation Force were simply too much for him to absorb.
Everyone was stunned for the Three Saint Elders of the Celestial Sword Clan had just lost like this, in such a casual manner!
Immediately everyone went into stunned silence and was even afraid to speak for now they had known why the Ancient Ascension Sect, the Thousands Fragment Sect, the Divine Moon Manor and the numerous dark celestial clans had chosen to submit to the Devil isle. It was simply because they had no other choice!
Han Shandong looked at the congregation coldly, “Anyone else?”
But no one dare to step forward!
Han Shandong seemed to be a little disappointed, “Why are you looking at each other like this? There are eight patriarch clans around here but yet there isn’t any worthy opponent that is willing to step out? It seems that the Ancient Ascension Sect has more spine than anyone of you. We had more than ten duels before the Ancient Ascension Sect submitted.”
Grandmaster Yuan Tianba was secretly looking at the other seven patriarch clans for help. This concern the life and death of everyone here. Most of the sacred saints from the eight patriarch clans were in seclusion and did not attend the congregation. He was desperate now!
Grandmaster Yun Zongheng was stunned that the renowned Three Saint Elders could be defeated in such a casual manner that he was trembling now. Even though the Celestial Sword Clan still got eight other golden celestials but in a duel, this was simply not enough…
The truth was that Tang Yiren, Xiahou Bang and Ran Tianyou were the powerhouses of the Celestial Sword Clan in this congregation and the rest of them were not their equal. So when they were defeated, the spirits of the Celestial Sword Clan were broken immediately…
Grandmaster Yun Zongheng thought, “As long as we can survive the day then there is still hope. The Celestial Sword Clan still got two sacred saints who are currently in seclusion. They will be able to defeat these two old freaks…”
Even Grandmaster Yuan Tianba was also thinking of the same, “If we can survive through to this day then we can seek the help of Ancestor Yuan. For our sake, he will surely come out of reclusion to aid us…”
Han Shandong was now mocking everyone, “Are there more challengers? Don’t tell me that there are no more heroes from the eight patriarch clans? If not, then I’m assuming that the righteous celestial clans have all decided to submit? What do you say Grandmaster Yuan?”
Grandmaster Yuan was ashen as he stammered, “Of course not.”
Suddenly he pointed at Xuan Danfeng, “We still got many heroes. For example Palace Mistress Xuan Danfeng of the Lofty Snow Palace, she is a top sacred saint fighter.”
Xuan Danfeng was startled when Yuan Tianba had suddenly pointed at her and even highlighted the possibility that she was willing to fight for everyone. She secretly cursed, “Darn you, Yuan Tianba…why don’t you fight them yourself….”
“That’s right, we still got Palace Mistress Xuan Danfeng. She is also a sacred saint.”
“We still got a hope!”
“I have heard that the martial skills of the Lofty Snow Palace aren’t weak…”
“Today we will be able to witness the epitome skills of the mysterious Lofty Snow Palace…”
Xuan Danfeng was smiling weakly. It was obvious that she did not want to fight against these two old freaks. Even if it was a one to one, she had no death wish to do so. She had just witnessed how effortlessly Tang Yiren who was at the intermediate stage of the sacred saint level getting whacked. She was at the initial stage of the sacred saint level only…
She forced through a fake smile and looked at Grandmaster Yuan Tianba, “I have heard that your new daughter-in-law is a high priestess of the Heavenly Temple and she is also a sacred saint. Why don’t we see the martial skills display of Saintess Yuqing so that it can serve as an eye-opener?”
When Fan Yuqing heard her, she cursed her silently. “You want to be my sister but at the most crucial moment, you have chosen to put me into the frontline…”
Actually even if Xuan Danfeng did not point her fingers at her, there were already many celestials that were having the same thoughts as her. After all, there seemed to be only two sacred saints that were left now, the Saintess Yuqing and the Palace Mistress Xuan Danfeng.
Fan Yuqing smiled weakly, “Why don’t sister fight first?”
Xuan Danfeng was smiling weakly too, “I am afraid that my martial skills are nothing compared to the martial skills of the Heavenly Temple.”
Han Shaodong was looking at Yuqing curiously as he said, “You are a disciple of the Heavenly Temple? Good! I will want to have a taste of your martial skills!”
Fan Yuqing immediately pointed at the startled Ye Jing, “I am not. She actually is the real disciple of the Heavenly Temple. Am I right, my dear Sister Ye Jing?”
The stunned look that was on Ye Jing was too obvious as she stammered, “Uh, me?! Fan Yuqing you…”
Originally, she had planned to wait it out and to watch the duel as it progressed. It was because she was either a sacred saint or a formidable fighter. All of a sudden Fan Yuqing had pointed a finger at her out of the blue and declared that she was a better representative.
Han Shaodong smirked coldly as he appraised Ye Jing, “It shall be you then. Draw your sword.”
Ye Jing immediately protested, “I surrender. I have just reached the level of golden celestial. I think it is better for my two saintess sisters to spar with you.”
Everyone hearing Ye Jing was stunned. They had never expected her to surrender so quickly, without even a fight.
Han Shaodong returned his glance at Fan Yuqing, “Doesn’t matter. You shall be my opponent then. Your martial aura seems to be stronger and I have never fought with such a peerless goddess before.”
Fan Yuqing immediately said, “Shameless!”
But Ye Jing knew that she was also referring to her. Who ask you to point at me in the first place…
Fan Yuqing said slowly, “It is really not befitting to fight while I am dressed in my fine wedding gown…”
Han Shaodong smiled coldly, “After I have stripped you naked then you won’t feel that way anymore…”
Fan Yuqing suddenly said, “I surrender. You win! I don’t mind conceding. After all I am from the Holy Citadel City. My sister has already surrendered so there is no point for me to continue.”
Everyone was stunned that the Saintess Yuqing had suddenly surrendered while Ye Jing was cursing her for blackening the name of her clan…
Ye Jing was stunned as she whispered to Yuqing, “If you don’t fight her, then we all will be their slaves…”
But Fan Yuqing ignored her and said aloud, “I am sure Palace Mistress Xuan won’t surrender without a fight. It is already so sad enough that the Holy Citadel City has surrendered without a fight. Surely the Lofty Snow Palace has more reputation that that. I have heard that the Lofty Snow Palace has always been vicious to the evil doers. Hopefully I may be able to see a display of that today.”
While the drama between them was going on, Heavenly Fragrance Princess Feng Minyue was secretly thinking. “Are they really sisters? They seem to be at each other throat…luckily I am not involved…”
Xuan Danfeng was smiling bitterly, “Do I really need to fight…”
Then she lowered her glances and said, “I surrender as well.”
Again, everyone was stunned. Three times in a row, their side had surrendered…
Han Shaodong laughed jovially, “What is it? There are none that is from the side of the righteous celestial clan that is willing to fight with me?”
Suddenly a young lad walked slowly out to face Han Shaodong and Xiao Shuai, “I will try.”
Ye Jing, Fan Yuqing, Feng Minyue and all the others were stunned for the young lad was none other than Xiaofang!
Ye Jing immediately cried out, “Xiaofang, come back! He is too dangerous for you to handle. Your cultivation level is a piece of shit. Come back now!”
When Han Shaodong saw Xiaofang, he began to burst out laughing nonstop. “What is this? The latest challenger is actually not even a golden celestial?”
Xiaofang said politely as he looked at Xiao Shuai, “I will like to challenge him instead.”
When Xiao Shuai saw that Xiaofang had wanted to challenge him, he was bursting out loud with laughter as well. He asked in jest, “How old are you kid?”
Xiaofang replied, “I’m 17.”
When everyone heard that Xiaofang was only 17, they really could not believe their ears. At the same time, they were all feeling shameful because they had lacked the courage to fight these two old freaks.
Even Li’Er and Chu Yunfeng could not believe that Xiaofang would challenge Xiao Shuai on his own and they had turned ashen immediately!
There were even some nasty noises in the congregation;
“Get lost! Don’t disgrace yourself and us!”
“Even the Holy Consort has surrendered and now a mere protégé of the Holy Citadel City has decided to be a dead hero to savage whatever left of the pride of the clan? What a joke!”
“Hahaha, this is just a 17 year old kid.”
“He is going to die in just a blink of an eye.”
“He is trying to be a hero but he is a stupid one!”
Heavenly Fragrance Princess Feng Minyue was clearly shocked as she gasped softly when she saw that this refined handsome young lad had suddenly walked to the middle of the congregation to face Xiao Shuai.
Even Fan Yuqing’s eyes had flinched a little…
Xiao Shuai said to him, “You are a young fool! Hurry and return to your mommy. I don’t want to waste my strength to kill you.”
Xiaofang said with an unafraid expression, “If I can defeat you then you will give me the heavenly decrees?”
All of a sudden Xiao Shuai stopped laughing and in fact his face had become extremely solemn as he asked, “How did you know about the heavenly decree?”
The killing intent that was from Xiao Shuai had suddenly intensified to a frightening level!
Xiaofang asked, “So do we have a deal?”
Xiao Shuai hummed coldly, “That will depend if you can really defeat me. Draw your divine sword.” His sharp eyes had already seen the unsheathed divine sword that was at his side.
Xiaofang slowly reached to his jade belt and a silhouette of a beaming sword could be seen materializing. When it was fully materialized, everyone could see that it was a sword that was glowing with the eight elements array. The aura of this sword was suddenly imposing that everyone could feel there was a sudden suppression that was almost suffocating.
“This is an…immortal sword!”
Suddenly there were several excited shouts and stares from everyone!
Immortal swords were so rare that very few people had actually witnessed one and there was now one that was right in front of them…
Even though the immortal sword that was in Xiaofang’s hand was just a low grade half-step immortal sword but it was superior to the best divine swords. Moreover, it had a special array that was being imbued into it that strengthened all the area aspects and abilities of its wielder!
Li’Er gasped and looked at Ye Jing, “Isn’t he…”
Even Chu Yunfeng was startled as his jaws dropped. It was not because Xiaofang had an immortal sword but because there was a masked man that had saved the Holy Consort a year ago. He had not expected that the masked man was actually Xiaofang and now he finally realized why the Holy Consort had always treated him so much better than anyone else and even appointed him as an elder…
Palace Mistress Xuan Danfeng and many others could be heard muttering, “He has actually possessed an immortal sword. This is so unbelievable…”
Heavenly Fragrance Princess Feng Minyue was so startled that she took a few steps forward…
Fan Yuqing was really astonished to see that Xiaofang had an immortal sword but she soon calmed down, “He has too many mysteries on him…”
Xiao Shuai was startled but he was soon smiling, “Unfortunately that is not enough to defeat me. It is not easy to divine harmony with an immortal sword than a divine sword. You will need to be at least a sacred saint and at least three hundred years of cultivation with it…”
All of a sudden there was a bright rainbow halo that was radiating from the immortal sword and it was resonating with a low hum that was heavenly to the ears. The rainbow halo and the resonation of the sword was a sign that the wielder had divine harmonized with the sword.
Xiao Shuai was stunned, “He has actually divine harmonized with his sword?!”
Xiaofang said quietly, “My sword wants me to tell you that her name is Stellar Lights.”
Xiao Shuai growled as he brandished his sword, “Kid, what is your name?”
Xiaofang replied, “My name is Dugu Fang.”
Xiao Shuai asked solemnly, “Do you know Dugu Yuehua?”
Xiaofang answered, “She is my mother.”
Xiao Shuai nodded slowly, “Very good. So you’re her son…then you are worthy to fight me.”