1672 Xu Gang

    "Alright! The Rising Sky Ranking Battle will end today and resume tomorrow.." As Ring Masters appeared again on each of the ten chess pieces, Ren Zhong announced in a timely manner, "Tomorrow, the ten of you will become Ring Masters and wait for your challengers. Dismiss."

    When his words left his mouth, the cane in his hand quivered slightly.

    At the same time, Liu Hong Guang who was standing behind him took his gigantic hammer out and threw it into the sky.

    Bang! Bang!

    Two loud noises reverberated in the air. Before Duan Ling Tian and the others realized what was happening, the scenery before their eyes changed.

    The ten huge chess pieces and the Nimble Chess Set had disappeared and returned to the Nimble Valley once again.

    "What an amazing Illusory Formation!" Many people who saw this Nimble Chess Set for the first time could not help but exclaim.

    "The ten Ring Masters today are three powerhouses at the peak of the Pristine Saint Stage and seven Mastery Pristine Saint Stage powerhouses. I'm sure the Ring Masters at the Refined Saint Stage will show up tomorrow. In this case, the day after tomorrow, or three days later at the most, the people who will be ranked in the Rising Sky Ranking should already be determined," someone said.

    "Xu Jing, the Young Mansion Master of Rising Sky Mansion, doesn't seem to be here yet." Some people noticed Xu Jing's absence.

    "Hurmph! If he still doesn't show up before the final day, he'll miss the Rising Sky Ranking Battle!"

    "It seems like he doesn't care about the Rising Sky Ranking at all!"

    "That might not necessarily be the case... Perhaps, he's just arrogant and is waiting until the final moment before he shows himself?"

    "That's possible."

    Many people were talking about Xu Jing, the Young Mansion Master of Rising Sky Mansion. It seemed that some people were dissatisfied with him.

    There was no doubt the Rising Sky Ranking was extremely prestigious in the Rising Sky Mansion's district. In their opinions, Xu Jing's behavior was extremely disrespectful to the Rising Sky Ranking.

    If they had the authority to speak, they would have disqualified Xu Jing from participating in the Rising Sky Ranking Battle.

    "Xu Jing hasn't arrived yet." Duan Ling Tian who was hugging the Jasper Celestial Sword quietly went to look for a corner in the Nimble Valley. As he leaned against the wall of a mountain, he narrowed his eyes. His expression was calm.

    At this moment, Duan Ling Tian also saw the people from the three great fourth-rate forces had also returned to the picturesque peak of Nimble Valley to rest.

    The three great fifth-rate forces in the Rising Sky Mansion's district had also returned to rest.

    "Some of the people who went on stage today came from the three great fifth-rate forces... Nobody from the Rising Sky Mansion has gone up yet." Duan Ling Tian noticed this when he watched the battle.

    As for the Flowery Monk, Jing Xu Zi, and Zhong Gu, none of them went up as well. Otherwise, they would have been the Ring Masters.

    "Huh?" Suddenly, Duan Ling Tian felt a gaze on him.

    Initially, he thought it was the Flowery Monk since he had taken the initiative to speak to him earlier. However, he no longer bothered with Duan Ling Tian later on.

    Duan Ling Tian realized he was wrong when he looked at the source of the gaze and discovered it Jing Xu Zi, not the Flowery Monk.

    "What's he trying to do?" Duan Ling Tian was puzzled. He knew he did not stand out. If one had to pick something about him that stood out, it was that he was unsociable and eccentric.

    Apart from Zhong Gu, he was the only one who was alone among the people in Nimble Valley. Most people were at least in a group of three of four. It was precisely because of this that he and Zhong Gu appeared particularly eye-catching.

    'It seems like I only caught his eyes because I'm all alone,' Duan Ling Tian thought to himself after Jing Xu Zi looked away.

    After a while, Duan Ling Tian noticed that Zhong Gu's gaze had also shifted to him as well. Since he had already experienced the same thing earlier, he was not too surprised anymore.

    However, Zhong Gu's eyes did not stop on him for long.

    'Perhaps, the reason the Flowery Monk came to talk to me earlier was due to me being alone... At that time, Zhong Gu hasn't arrived, and I was the only one moving alone in the groups of people in Nimble Valley,' Duan Ling Tian thought to himself.

    However, he was unaware he had only guessed part of it correctly.

    The Flowery Monk had spoken to him because of his intuition. However, he felt his intuition must be wrong. That was why he no longer bothered with Duan Ling Tian. In the Flowery Monk's opinion, Duan Ling Tian must be a sectless cultivator who wanted to seek fame through the Rising Sky Ranking Battle.

    To most people, the night was very short.

    Everyone opened their eyes immediately when the sky turned bright.

    When the early sun lit the ground, the two moderators from the Sky Hurdle Mansion and Raging Wave Mansion, Ren Zhong and Liu Hong Guang, once again activated the Nimble Chess Set together.

    The group of people on the scene also entered the Nimble Chess Set without being prompted.

    Ten huge chess pieces, five black and five white, were hovering in the air.

    Duan Ling Tian randomly stood on a white chess piece and stayed at the edge. He quietly hugged the Jasper Celestial Sword as he stared at the vast space in the middle of the chess piece.

    Soon after, the ten Ring Masters who were born yesterday evening revealed themselves.

    One after another, people went up to challenge them. Some won, some were defeated, some were killed, and some successfully killed. It was a gory scene.

    Soon after, the ten Ring Masters changed again. In the end, it was ten powerhouses who were at the peak of the Pristine Saint Stage.

    At this moment, silence descended on the scene.

    "I'll go!" A cry sounded in the air as a sturdy young man walked out of the group of Rising Sky Mansion's people. He had a stocky and imposing build. He looked ostentation with the way he swaggered with every step he took. It made him look like a gorilla that was walking out of the jungle.

    In front of this gorilla, the Ring Master whom he was going to challenge appeared particularly weak and small.

    "The people from the Rising Sky Mansion is finally going to participate!"

    "I know him! He's the grandson of the Second Elder of Rising Sky Mansion. His name is Xu Gang, and he's a Martial Cultivator at the peak of the Pristine Saint Stage! Rumor has it that after Xu Jing, the Young Mansion Master of Rising Sky Mansion, had broken through to the Refined Saint Stage, he's widely acknowledged as the strongest person below the Refined Saint Stage in the Rising Sky Mansion!"

    "Now that you mentioned it, I remember it as well! I've heard of him before!"

    When Xu Gang made his appearance, most of the people's attention shifted toward him. Many of them whispered among themselves, exposing his identity.

    "The grandson of the Second Elder of Rising Sky Mansion?" Duan Ling Tian raised a brow and shifted his gaze to Xu Gang. He looked forward to seeing the strength of the grandson of the Second Elder of Rising Sky Mansion. "Being acknowledged as the strongest person below the Refined Saint Stage in the Rising Sky Mansion means Xu Gang must be quite powerful!"

    Meanwhile, the other Ring Masters in the other nine chess pieces appeared one by one, nobody came to challenge them.

    Everyone, including the Ring Masters from the nine chess pieces, had their attention focused on Xu Gang. After all, he was the first person from the Rising Sky Mansion who stepped into the ring of the Rising Sky Ranking Battle this year.
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