Chapter 54 - The Moral Heart

    Chapter 54 - The Moral Heart

    Seeing that the two sixth level Qi Condensation clansmen were about to escape, Bai Xiaochun formed a hand seal, then a small wodden sword wooshed out and immediatly swept by the nearest sixth level Qi Condensation clansman's neck.

    Before his death, an unprecedented horror filled the eyes of the sixth level Qi Condensation clansman.

    They were supposed to be the hunters, but now... the tables had turned, they were the ones being hunted!

    In a few short moments, Bai Xiaochun had already killed four people!

    The face of the remaining sixth level Qi Condensation clansman, who had previously joined hands in attacking Bai Xiaochun, immediately paled as he used all of his strength to retreat. His heart was racing and his whole body was trembling. He couldn't believe that the small and innocent-looking Spirit River Sect disciple before his eyes was actually... so horrifying.

    Bai Xiaochun's eyes shone with ferocity. Just when he was about to give chase, an intense sense of danger suddenly arose in his heart.

    Simultaneously, Du Lingfei's panicked voice arrived as well.

    "Be careful!"

    Bai Xiaochun's body immediately shot back, and in that moment, a ten zhang large purple coloured skull suddenly appeared exactly at the point where he was moments ago and self-destructed.

    A loud explosion resounded and the resulting shockwave made Bai Xiaochun's whole body quiver. This was the first time he had felt pain through his Impenetrable Skin. Blood oozed out from the corner of his lips as he retreated.

    The attacker was Chen Yue who was at the eighth level of Qi Condensation.

    He had a ghastly look on his face and his eyes shone omniously. After saving his fellow clansman, his body disappeared in a flash as he dashed straight towards Bai Xiaochun. Behind him, the remaining two sixth level Qi Condensation clansmen viciously clenched their teeth and followed closely.

    The three dashed towards Bai Xiaochun.

    Hou Yunfei struggled to help but he was already too weak. The previous life-threatening battle had used up the last of his Qi. Fresh blood seeped out from the corner of his mouth, he was no longer capable of fighting.

    Du Lingfei was also severely injured. She anxiously looked at Bai Xiaochun, all of her previous hostility and prejudice for Bai Xiaochun had long since disappeared.

    Bai Xiaochun's face paled and fresh blood spilt from his mouth again. His body swayed considerably and his speed rapidly decreased. Seeing this, the Chen Yue trio chased and attacked him again.

    But when the trio neared Bai Xiaochun, his eyes suddenly glinted fiercely. Although the Impenetrable Iron Skin's defence was unable to completely block Chen Yue's previous magical assault, more than half was still mitigated. He intentionally feigned weakness, to the point where there was even blood on the corner of his mouth.

    His speed suddenly surged. He didn't retreat, but used his sudden acceleration to swiftly bypass Chen Yue. His target was... the duo of sixth level Qi Condensation Chen clansmen.

    Chen Yue's expression flickered and just when he was about to block Bai Xiaochun, a whistling sound appeared near him. Bai Xiaochun's wooden sword was heading directly at his head. Chen Yue made a hand seal and a skull immediately appeared in front of him. However, even with his quick reaction, he was still unable to stop Bai Xiaochun.

    His eyes filled with seriousness. With a flourish of his large sleeve, a lantern suddenly appeared and morphed into a fireball. Followed by a shout, it went straight for Bai Xiaochun.

    At the same time, those two sixth level Qi Condensation disciples were struck with horror. They exclaimed loudly and quickly retreated, but Bai Xiaochun's silhouette was like a lightning, abrupt and inescapable. When his right hand was raised, his thumb and index finger shone with a brilliant black glow and used them to viciously pinch the throat of the Chen clansman in front of him.

    Throat Crushing Grasp!

    Following a kacha sound, the Chen clansman released a blood-curdling scream as Bai Xiaochun crushed his throat. The fireball close behind Bai Xiaochun exuded its incredible heat. He was unable to dodge in time and a loud bang echoed when the fireball landed directly on his body.

    When it exploded, a sea of fire instantly enveloped Bai Xiaochun's entire body. Du Lingfei and Hou Yunfei both cried out in alarm at this sight.

    "Bai Xiaochun!!"

    The sixth level Qi Condensation clansman not too far away was plesantly surprised. He watched as the flames devoured Bai Xiaochun and burst into laughter.

    But at this moment, a silhouette suddenly dashed out from within the sea of flames. Its speed was extremely fast, and in the blink of an eye, it was already next to the laughing sixth level Qi Condensation Chen Clansman. That person's eyes widened and tried to back away. However, Bai Xiaochun's had already foot landed on his head, and in the next moment, his head was instantly smashed into a blood pulp. Not even a scream was heard as the clansman immediately perished.

    Having finished all of this, Bai Xiaochun was out of breath. His eyes were now even redder and his body was now adorned with burn marks. Blood oozed out from the corner of his mouth as he raised his head and shot a death glare at the last Chen clansman... Chen Yue!

    The severity of Bai Xiaochun's glare made Chen Yue's hairs stood on end He had cultivated himself to the eighth level of Qi Condensation and was considered as a genius in his clan. Although his treatment was incomparable to patriarch Shao, he still received considerable respect from the elders. His combat strength was impressive, honed from his daily fights with monsters in the Falling Star Mountain Range where he experienced countless of life and death situations.

    As for the Spirit River Sect disciples, he held them in contempt. Although the opponents' status was higher than his, he had always believed that the cultivators in the sect were all like plants grown in a pot. Even though each one of them possessed extraordinary spiritual strength, when faced in a life and death battle, they could not be compared to him.

    But now, in Bai Xiaochun's presence, what he felt was fear. Especially Bai Xiaochun's current gaze, which was even more frightening than any of the monsters that he had encountered in the Falling Star Mountain Range.

    There was savagery contained in that gaze, as if it wanted to swallow him alive. A chilly sensation rose from the bottom of Chen Yue's heart.

    Especially when he recalled how his opponent had killed six people one by other in such a short span of time, his mind trembled. The thing that made all of this surreal was the fact that he had already seen through the opponent's cultivation... It was actually only the peak of the sixth level of Qi Condensation.

    "His strength is enormous and he is also extremely fast. That person must have cultivated some sort of body-refining technique to be capable of killing someone with a single strike!"

    "His defence in particular is terrifying!"

    "Even though he does not have many Techniques, his control over the flying sword is exceptional. Not only has its speed exceeded our expectations, but every sword strike is shocking, that wooden sword itself is no ordinary object either. Its grade is very high, resulting in its capabilities to kill those at the sixth level of Qi Condensation in an instant!"

    "This kind of person is most definitely the Spirit River Sect's famed genius. But how come I haven't heard of his name before, Bai Xiaochun!" Chen Yue was scared, but at the same time, his desire to fight intensified. With a wave of his right hand, three fist-sized jade skulls immediately appeared in front of him.

    He looked at Bai Xiaochun with a serious expression.

    "I had previously looked down on you, but not anymore. Let us see whether your Spirit River Sect's technique is stronger than my Chen Clan's Malicious Spirit Murdering Method!"

    Once the words came out of his mouth, Chen Yue made a hand seal and the three skulls surrounding him seemed to animate as they growled. They grew bigger, eventually reaching ten zhang in size, and rushed straight towards Bai Xiaochun.

    (ED note: one zhang is approximately 3.58 meters, or 3.64 yards.)

    Bai Xiaochun was gasping for breath. In that moment, his mind was blank. There was not a single thought in his mind. He had long forgotten about dying. Only the impulse to defeat all of his enemies was left.

    Seeing the skulls were closing in, his right hand furiously flashed as it made several hand seals. Pointing forward, the small wooden sword whooshed out along with two other flying swords. At the same time, whilst controlling three flying swords, a huge amount of light followed, bursting out of his body.

    There was even a small shield circling around his body, emitting a brilliant glow.

    In the next moment, Bai Xiaochun's flying sword came in contact with those hollow skulls. A roar echoed out and both his and Chen Yue's speed surged as they fiercely battled one another.

    Chen Yue's eighth level of Qi Condensation was more profound than Bai Xiaochun's, but he was inferior in terms of strength and defence. The fight between the two reverberated, and it was obvious that their had matched against each other!

    This scene made Du Lingfei's heart skip a bit. She clenched her fist, not even feeling the pain of the fingernails digging into her skin.

    The weak and hateful Bai Xiaochun disappeared, and in his place was a body that looked as if it was made of both iron and blood. It was Bai Xiaochun who was fighting with Chen Yue from the Fallen Chen Clan.

    "I had previously wrongly accused him... This is the real Bai Xiaochun..."

    "He is certaintly afraid of dying, but he can turn round and fight his way through a battle of life and death. The courage it required is far above an ordinary person's..." Du Lingfei looked at Bai Xiaochun, her eyes gradually being filled with emotion.

    "He's terrified of death yet there is persistence in his heart. His morals do not allow him to abandon his comrades just because of his fear of dying..."

    Not long after, a deafening sound rang out. Two out of three of Bai Xiaochun's flying swords had broken into pieces, only the wooden sword was left. Those three skulls, however, seemed far dimmer as they were spiritually damaged as they flew back to Chen Yue's side.

    At this moment, Bai Xiaochun seized the opportunity to attack. Chen Yue spat out blood because he was unable to dodge in time. Bai Xiaochun's Throat Crushing Grasp pressed on Chen Yue's arm and a kacha sound echoed out. The bone of his left hand was immediately broken. Nevertheless, a small dagger flew out from within his mouth, stabbing a cun deep into Bai Xiaochun's shoulder.

    (ED note: one cun is 1/100 of 3.58 meters, or 3.64 yards)

    Even the Impenetrable Skin had difficulty fending off the small dagger. When fresh blood started to flow, Chen Yue immediately backed away.

    Not waiting for him to retreat far enough, Bai Xiaochun ignored his injury and chased Chen Yue with crimson eyes, his speed fast enough to cut the air.

    Chen Yue had a ghastly look on his face. He violently clenched his teeth in this moment of crisis. After a series of hand seals, his body trembled. The Qi and blood in his whole body were boiling. With a loud roar, he fiercely slapped his forehead.

    "Bai Xiaochun, if it is not you who dies today, it will be me!" If it was any other time, Chen Yue would have backed down without a fight. But today, it was a big incident related to his whole clan. He had to kill Bai Xiaochun. Blood spurted out from his body, and the three skulls greedily swallowed it.

    "Malicious Spirit Murdering Method!" Chen Yue let out a low growl, displaying his unique Secret Technique. Both eyes of the three skulls in front of him let out a faint glow and ferociously charged at Chen Yue. They wildly bit him and swallowed most of Chen Yue's flesh, and in the blink of an eye, it pierced into his body.

    At this strange sight, Du Lingfei and Hou Yunfei sucked in a deep breath. At the same time, Chen Yue let out a mournful howl. His body shuddered and a ferocious expression adorned his face. A large amount of black gas appeared outside his body and actually transformed into a Malicious Spirit that was ten zhang tall.

    "Die!" His voice was imposing as he raised his right hand and pressed at Bai Xiaochun viciously.

    "It is you who will die!" Bai Xiaochun let out a low growl. Both his hands did a series of hand seals, pointing towards the sky. At once, the Qi from within his body exploded out like a startled horse. A huge "Cauldron" word was quickly outlined in mid air.

    It was...

    The Purple Qi Cauldron Melting Technique!


    7th guaranteed chapter of the week.

    Edited by: Crimsonguard, Arch
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