If You Can’t Afford to Give Ground, then Don’t Do It
While most of them were still in shock, they had already concluded the grudges between Qu Yuan and Jiang Chen. Everyone was very clear that Jiang Chen wasn’t the one to blame for the root of the problem even though he was the one who amputated Gao Yang and the other two’s arms.
Checking out the situation of the Iron Dummy Array ought to be the responsibility of the Institute of Elders. Qu Yuan was not the person in charge of such matter. He took the initiative to create trouble for Jiang Chen after he found out that Jiang Chen was the true disciple of Tianji Zi. After all, many of them knew the relationship between Tianji Zi and Yang Shu and the conflicts that had happened between them. In other words, the fight between Qu Yuan and Jiang Chen was no longer a fight between two disciples. This battle was also related to the conflicts of the two elders. So, even Li Zhong shouldn’t involved himself in this.
“Jiang Chen, were all those things true?” Li Zhong asked with a frown.
“They are true, but I naturally had a reason for severing their arms, it was already a miracle that they are still alive.”
Said Jiang Chen plainly. There wasn’t any change and nervousness on his facial expression while standing on the stage of life-and-death. This fact alone was admirable. In the inner sect, he was afraid that only Jiang Chen could stay so calm in front of Qu Yuan.
“Humph! Jiang Chen, you are being too arrogant. Unfortunately, your pride will only be trampled by my foot here.”
Qu Yuan harrumphed coldly. Now that they were on the life-and-death stage, not even the Grand Elder had the right to interfere in their fight now. He currently felt that he had a hundred ways of killing Jiang Chen.
“Jiang Chen, have you really agreed to fight a life-and-death battle with Qu Yuan?”
Li Zhong continued to speak. It seemed like as long as Jiang Chen say the word ‘no’, he would have the right to stop the fight. In his point of view, no matter how talented Jiang Chen was, he definitely wasn’t an opponent of Qu Yuan. Anyone could imagine how much potential Qu Yuan had to be selected as a true disciple by Yang Shu. There was basically no one in the inner sect that dared to offend him. Plus, there was a huge difference between Jiang Chen and Qu Yuan’s cultivation. As such, Jiang Chen could never beat Qu Yuan.
“Yes, elder. I have already come and is standing here. There’s no reason for me to back away now.”
Jiang Chen smiled, his face was brimming with unshakable confidence. Qu Yuan was indeed a very powerful opponent, but it was also because of this that it raised Jiang Chen’s interest in fighting him.
Li Zhong shook his head and sighed, then stopped speaking anymore. These two were the best amongst the young generation. Each of them had their own pride. He was convinced that Jiang Chen would never listen to his advice and if he spoke too much to Jiang Chen, it would instead offend Qu Yuan which wouldn’t do him any good.
“This Jiang Chen sure is fearless. He is clueless about the terror of Qu Yuan.”
“That’s right. This incident was started by Qu Yuan. Given Jiang Chen’s wisdom, could he not see that the life-and-death battle was a plot of Qu Yuan? How could he agree to that?”
“I see that Jiang Chen isn’t any fool. He’s smarter than any one of us. The fact that he dared to confront Qu Yuan in the life-and-death stage only proved that he has enough confidence. Furthermore, he was able to defeat Gao Yang with ease using his half-step Heaven Immortal cultivation base. This indicated that his current strength is equivalent to the strength of half-step Divine Immortal. Perhaps he really can fight Qu Yuan.”
Those inner sect elders sighed, feeling that Jiang Chen shouldn’t have agreed to Qu Yuan, because even an idiot can see through Qu Yuan’s plot, however, some of them believed that Jiang Chen had some kind of trump cards or means, or else he wouldn’t act so recklessly.
“Jiang Chen, I will let you attack first, to prevent you from saying that I’m bullying you. I will allow you to attack me trice before I attack.” Qu Yuan said with disdain.
As soon as Qu Yuan’s voice faded, Jiang Chen’s body changed. A surge of blood and Qi was unleashed from his body, then his appearance turned into a half-human, half-dragon. His transformation made countless pair of eyes went wide, including Qu Yuan. All of them had forgotten that Jiang Chen had a terrifying transformation technique.
“That’s a very horrifying transformation technique. His combat strength has been increased by at least ten times.”
“Yes, it sure is scary. I have never seen such a technique before. It’s even more powerful compared to those Forbidden Techniques. That’s tenfold increase in combat strength. That’s unimaginable.”
“Sure enough, this Jiang Chen has some very powerful trump card. Despite my late Heaven Immortal cultivation base, I can feel a huge difference in Qi between me and Jiang Chen. If I go into the battlefield, I’m afraid that I will instantly be killed by him. He’s truly a monstrous genius.”
Jiang Chen’s dragon form immediately caused a commotion in the crowd. When the words about Jiang Chen destroying the ore mine of Profound Sun Sect spread across One-Line-Sky, none of them had paid any attention to the transformation technique that Jiang Chen used. So, it was only logical for them to be shocked by it the moment they saw it with their own eyes for the first time, except for Tianji Zi who had already seen this form using the crystal ball.
“It’s just some unnecessary tricks. Do you think that this will make you competent enough to fight me? How ignorant!”
Qu Yuan showed a cold smile. Even after witnessing the scary transformation of Jiang Chen, he still didn’t put Jiang Chen in his eyes. Their difference in cultivation base had given him a huge advantage over his opponent and a boost in confidence.
“So, do I still have the three strikes?” Asked Jiang Chen.
“Of course. When have I ever broken my word?”
Both of Qu Yuan’s hands were placed behind his back, looking arrogant to the extreme.
“Well then, here it comes.”
As soon as Jiang Chen’s eyes shivered, his entire body swooshed away from the ground, like an arrow being shot from a bow, appearing before Qu Yuan in the next moment. What charged forward at Qu Yuan was the True Dragon Palm – a scary and huge blood-red dragon claw that slammed forth with mountain-like force. The terrifying energy had already locked onto Qu Yuan’s position and trapped all the airflow around him.
Qu Yuan’s face changed. He wouldn’t have thought that Jiang Chen would be this scary. The force of this strike was enough to pull a mountain up. Even he would not dare to deal with this unguarded.
Immediately, he struck out a few brilliant palm seals, colliding with Jiang Chen’s True Dragon Palm. It caused the air of the void to roll and spark.
“You have already raised your guard on my first strike. If you can’t afford to give ground, then don’t say it in the first place. You are now embarrassed because of saying it.”
Jiang Chen’s taunt entered Qu Yuan’s heart like a knife, giving him the urge to spit out blood.
At this time, Qu Yuan’s facial expression had already darkened entirely. Just now, he was the one who declared to let Jiang Chen attack him three times before attacking. In the end, he was forced to block the attack of Jiang Chen’s first strike. To put it bluntly, this was too embarrassing and humiliating.
“Jiang Chen, I have to admit that I have underestimated you earlier. But don’t you get too arrogant because of that. Do you think that you can fight me with these petty skills? Your fate has already been doomed the moment you stepped on this life-and-death stage today.”
Qu Yuan’s black hair fluttered as the wind blew. That strike had made him lose all his face and had infuriated him. After this, he would never underestimate Jiang Chen anymore. He would kill Jiang Chen no matter what today.
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