“The second genius of the Sky Ranking? They can’t hold it in after all. It doesn’t matter anyway because even the second genius of the Sky Ranking will only face one outcome and that is death.”
Jiang Chen revealed a smirk. What he needed the most right now was a battle. The second genius of the Sky Ranking wouldn’t be a weak opponent, which would make the battle meaningful.
“Brother, you can’t take this Shi Han for granted. Not even the genius who entered the eighth floor of the Suspended Tower – Kong Yang is his opponent. Only the super monstrous genius of the Desolate Family was able to suppress him. There are three categories in the Sky Ranking. The top three, top ten and those below the top ten. There are major differences among the top three despite being ranked close to each other. The Shi Family is different from the other families as they were born fighters. They have a boosting effect in their bloodlines. When they use this ability, their combat strength will drastically increase. Although Shi Han is only a half-step Great Saint, any ordinary First Grade Great Saint is no match for him.”
Golden Fur Lion King was afraid that Jiang Chen would be reckless in the battle, so he quickly reminded and warned him that none of the geniuses in the top three were an easy opponent.
“I appreciate Lion King’s reminder. I know what to do.”
Jiang Chen held his fists at Golden Fur Lion King. He had a good understanding about the eight families of the Pure Land. Although the Desolate Family was the strongest amongst them, but if all the families were compared on their fighting prowess, the Shi Family would be first, especially after they have used their ability. Every cultivator who had solidified themselves would be unusually powerful. Thus, Shi Han must be powerful enough to be ranked second in the Sky Ranking.
Yet, the more challenging it was, the more excited Jiang Chen became. He thirsted to fight someone like Shi Han. It was conceivable that even though Leopard Wei and Shi Han are at the same level, there was a huge gap between their powers. However, that didn’t concern Jiang Chen. He was able to defeat Leopard Wei when he was still a Sixth Grade Minor Saint. Now that he had advanced to the Seventh Grade Minor Saint, he have full confidence in defeating Shi Han. They said that Shi Han could defeat any ordinary First Grade Great Saint. Jiang Chen could do that as well. With his current ability, after transforming into his human-dragon form, no ordinary First Grade Great Saint would be able to stand up against him.
“I have heard about the relationship between you and miss Wu Ningzhu. I hope that you will handle the matters of the Gu Family appropriately this time.”
Golden Fur Lion King reminded. Due to Jiang Chen being a hot-blooded young man, he feared that Jiang Chen would provoke the Gu Family as well. Now that five families had already been offended, Jiang Chen couldn’t afford to offend the last family that was left among the eight families, otherwise, he would be doomed.
“Of course, sister Ning is a member of the Gu Family, aunt Gu Lan is too. I won’t go against the Gu Family for their sake. I have my own ways in dealing with this matter.”
Jiang Chen revealed a confident face. Due to the connection of Wu Ningzhu and Gu Lan to the Gu Family, he couldn’t take the risk of offending the Gu Family. On the contrary, allying himself with the Gu Family would bring him some advantages.
Jiang Chen then took his leave after bidding goodbye to Golden Fur Lion King. He left the Spiritual Space Mountain with Gu Mu without bidding goodbye to Lang Xingtian and Peacock King and headed to the Gu Family.
“Gu Mu, what is the cultivation of Gu Liufeng?”
On the way, Jiang Chen asked.
“Gu Liufeng is the number one genius of the Gu Family. He is ranked 4th in the Sky Ranking. Although he wasn’t as powerful as Shi Han, don’t underestimate his power. In a recent expedition, he had gotten pretty lucky. He is now only half a step away from the Great Saint realm. Our patriarch thinks that Gu Liufeng is qualified enough to compete with Kong Yang and Shi Han now.”
Gu Mu said.
“The number one genius of Gu Family, this is interesting.”
Jiang Chen smiled. It would be very meaningful if he could fight with a genius like him.
“Prince, when you arrive at the Gu Family this time, don’t act rashly because that is the territory of the Gu Family after all. At any rate, you are just an outsider. Gu Liufeng was cultivated and nurtured by the patriarch. He is a genius who is highly regarded by the patriarch.”
Gu Mu reminded Jiang Chen. He had the same concern as Golden Fur Lion King. Given Jiang Chen’s temper, a little conflict or disagreement might mess up the whole thing.
“Don’t worry about it. Your patriarch has also put a lot of effort in nurturing sister Ning, this allowed her to break through so many grades, to a point where she reached the Seventh Grade Minor Saint. This fact alone indicates how much kindness your patriarch has.”
Jiang Chen said.
“Patriarch and Gu Lan are siblings. Miss Ningzhu is considered the niece of the patriarch. Last time, patriarch was very angry with her when she was brought back from the Eastern Continent. At that time, an old patriarch was still the patriarch at that time. Over the years, the patriarch would visit Gu Lan in a fixed period of time. Gu Lan had been kept imprisoned due to the fact that she doesn’t admit her faults. When miss Ningzhu arrived, the patriarch compensated miss Ningzhu as he felt guilty of leaving her mother inside the cell all these years. Otherwise, he wouldn’t betroth her to Gu Liufeng.”
Gu Mu said. Although his status in the Gu Family wasn’t comparable to the patriarch and the other higher ups, his understanding of the relationship between the brother and sister was deep.
“Seems like he isn’t a truly heartless person.”
Jiang Chen nodded. He recalled that Wu Ningzhu would always gnash her teeth when she recalled her uncle.
They weren’t travelling at a high speed. Along the journey, Gu Mu told him everything that was related to the Gu Family, especially the circumstances of Wu Ningzhu in this period of time. In conclusion, Wu Ningzhu didn’t receive any harm in the Gu Family.
Suddenly, Jiang Chen knitted his brows. A cold intent surged out of his body. His eyes became as chilling as a blade.
Gu Mu noticed the changes on Jiang Chen. His eyes swept through their surroundings, but nothing unusual was detected. He then asked.
Jiang Chen’s eyes were fixed on a position, in the void behind him and said coldly. “Your haunting is relentless, show yourself.”
Gu Mu was stunned and quickly looked at the direction where Jiang Chen was looking at. The void bent and a black clothed man emerged. His face was veiled with a black cloth. His eyes were emotionless, giving people a gruesome feeling.
“You have sharp senses.”
The black clothed man said. It was the voice of an elder. His cultivation grade was half-step Great Saint.
“The people of Dark Shadow surely doesn’t know what death is. It seems like the lesson of the Moon Pavilion wasn’t enough.”
Jiang Chen said in a cold tone.
“So it was really you who did it.”
His opponent’s eyes turned colder, exuding a chilling murderous intent.
“People of Dark Shadow.”
Gu Mu’s facial expression changed. He had naturally heard of this organization. It was a special group. They wouldn’t usually be seen, but people would always be assassinated when they appear. This organization had very strong foundation and forces. Its overall strength wasn’t weaker than any of the eight families in Pure Land. None of the families would dare to provoke them, because if they were targeted, it would be like they were haunted by ghosts.
However, Gu Mu was impressed by Jiang Chen’s perception. The assassins of Dark Shadow were highly-trained in stealth and assassination. He didn’t think that Jiang Chen would be able to notice the assassin, before he tried to even attacked.
“That’s right. It was me who did it. However, it’s a pity that the information flow within Dark Shadow has fallen behind. Otherwise, they won’t send you to assassinate me because that would only be sending you to your death.”
Jiang Chen said coldly.
“I know that you have killed Desolate Liang, but killing a Ninth Grade Minor Saint and a half-step Great Saint are two entirely different things. Brat! You have made Dark Shadow suffer major losses, and today I will take your life!”
The assassin unleashed his murderous intent.
“I have already said that the news you received was not accurate. You only knew that I have killed Desolate Liang, but you don’t know that I have defeated the 11th genius of the Sky Ranking, Leopard Wei and the fact that I have already advanced to the Seventh Grade Minor Saint. The day will come when I will wipe out the entire Dark Shadow organization.”
Jiang Chen gave a violent smirk. He didn’t need to be soft-hearted to these phantom assassins.
The assassin exclaimed. He surely didn’t know anything about the battle between Jiang Chen and Leopard Wei. Not just him, Gu Mu didn’t even know about this either. One should know that their battle inside the spatial zone of the Suspended Tower wasn’t known to everyone, except for the cultivators of Demon Race.
At this time, a cold and long sword impaled the assassin’s skull, causing him to die on the spot. Gu Mu changed his expression dramatically, because the killer of this assassin wasn’t Jiang Chen. The sword came from behind and pierced the assassin’s head instantly.
It was a stone sword. There wasn’t a single lustre on the surface, but it was incredibly sharp. A powerful energy rippled out of the stone sword, pulverizing the assassin, turning him into a blood mist. Then, a youth in bronze-coloured robe appeared. His hand was still holding onto the stone sword. His face carried a smile while gazing at Jiang Chen.
He looked very sturdy. He didn’t look very handsome, but he wasn’t ugly either. His body was filled with domineering arrogance. It was imaginable how great his ability was, to be able to kill a half-step Great Saint with a single sword strike.
Gu Mu exclaimed. This youth wasn’t any stranger, he was the 2nd genius of the Sky Ranking – Shi Han.
“This piece of trash is really annoying, but I have already gotten rid of him for you. Now, I am going to kill you. Your life is mine.”
Shi Han slowly kept his stone sword and said emotionlessly.
“There were many of them who wanted to kill me, but they all ended up dead in my hands. You won’t be an exception.”
Jiang Chen replied in calm tone. He had already noticed Shi Han’s pressence before this but he didn’t expect him to kill the Dark Shadow assassin. Plus, it was an instant skill. This had stirred up Jiang Chen’s powerful combat intent. Sure enough, the second genius of the Sky Ranking was uncommonly strong.
“Good, you are truly arrogant. Three strikes. I will only need three strikes to kill you.”
Shi Han was even more arrogant. He didn’t put Jiang Chen in his eyes at all. Of course, he had the right to be arrogant.
“Prince, you have to be careful. This man is not easy to be dealt with.”
Gu Mu reminded. He couldn’t provide any aid in the battle, because if he did, he would be killed instantly by Shi Han.
“It doesn’t matter. Wait for me from a distance. I will continue the journey to the Gu Family after killing Shi Han.”
Jiang Chen said in a flat tone. His face was full of confidence.
“Alright. If you can take Shi Han’s head to the patriarch, I’m sure that he would be pleased.”
Gu Mu’s eyes sparkled.
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