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The Flame Within the Heart
Gulping, Su Yun straightened up and stopped instigating his Spirit Essences and Earth Spirit Essences, and activated the Evil Spirit Essence so that his body was emitting Evil Qi. Then, he grabbed hold of his cape and walked out of the hut towards the plaza.
There were countless evil people at the plaza but only a few of them had high cultivation, while the rest were merely Spirit Core Cultivators. There was only a handful of Spirit Soul Cultivators, but two fifth stage Spirit Soul Cultivator experts stood in the center.
Every single evil person surrounded them full of expectation.
Su Yun walked over. The reputation of Evil Sword Sect was well-known and he wondered how their famous mystical techniques of the Evil Sword looked like.
He was excited just by the thought of it.
“You’re the person from Black Evil Cave Mansion that Hun San brought in?”
A voice emerged suddenly from Su Yun’s back.
He turned to see Li Guang and Li Xin whom Hun San had greeted before. They walked to him as the other evil people greeted them.
“Yes, I am.” Su Yun nodded reservedly.
“Are you interested in the sword techniques from our sect?” Li Guang was prideful.
“Yes, slightly. Because I’m also using a sword.” Su Yun lifted his robe to expose his pitch black Death Sword. When the sly patterns of the Death Sword was revealed, Li Guang and the others trembled as though this sword was about to devour them.
“You use this sword?”
“It looks pretty great.”
Unknowingly, Li Guang felt nervous as he gulped down his saliva. Then, he continued: “Since you’re here, then we shan’t cover up. You’ll be able to watch the two seniors spar and you can witness the magic of the Evil Sword Sect’s techniques!”
He sounded proud. Obviously, Li Guang was trying to show off.
Su Yun remained quiet as he set his eyes on the two men.
Right now, the two men had already pulled their Evil Swords out. In an attacking position, they had the edge of the swords faced down.
“I’m curious though, I thought I heard senior brother Tu had left for a mission a few months ago and has gotten back recently right? Why did he call senior brother Ji for a sparring session?”
“Well, isn’t it because senior brother Ji is a good opponent?” One evil person softly explained: “Senior brother Tu has one of the highest level of Evil Sword techniques among the disciples while Senior Brother Ji has always seen Senior brother Tu as a role model and a goal. Now that senior brother Ji has mastered some sword techniques, why wouldn’t he challenge senior brother Tu? Then again, rather than being angry at senior brother Ji, senior brother Tu agreed spontaneously. He’s such an inspiration.”
“Senior Brother Tu’s sword techniques surpasses the majority. As expected of our senior brother!”
“If I can partner up with senior brother Tu to cultivate, that’d be awesome!”
“Junior sister, I’m not too bad either. Consider me!”
A few of the evil people chatted. But not for long before their gazes returned to the two men.
Su Yun settled himself as he eavesdropped on the conversations.
From their conversation, he knew the man who was standing on the left, wearing a body of black armour and long luscious hair covering one of his eyes was senior brother Ji, Ji Yan Yong. It had been twenty years since he stepped foot in Evil Sword Sect. Currently, he was at fifth stage Spirit Soul Cultivator.
Opposite him, was a man with a full grown beard covered with a leather jacket. He was the famous senior brother Tu, Tu Bai Li. Like Ji Yan Yong, he had been in the Evil Sword Sect for about 20 years but his cultivation was two levels higher than Ji Yan Yong, he was a seventh stage Spirit Soul Cultivator. It was not just because Tu Bai Li was gifted but because of all the hardships and opportunities he had while he was cultivating.
“Bring forth your sword! Junior brother Ji! Let me know you haven’t been lazing around during this period of time!
Tu Bai Li shouted with his hoarse voice.
Ji Yan Yong glared as an intention to fight filled his body. With a bellow, he charged forth with his sword which was brimming with Evil Qi.
As he charged forward, he heard a clatter.
It came from the sword in his hand!
Su Yun’s heart skipped a beat.
What sound was that.
All of the evil people stood watching as though it was normal.
And suddenly, a ferocious evil spirit jumped out of Ji Yan Yong’s sword. The evil spirit was about 3 metres tall and his lower body was connected to the sword. The evil spirit extended its claws towards Tu Bai Li.
“This is the Evil Sword?”
He muttered to himself.
Li Guang looked arrogant as he smiled: “However, this is only just the beginning.”
With a light tap of his feet, Tu Bai Li floated backwards like a fallen leaf. He reached deep into his storage ring and pulled out a 1 metre broadsword, and he slashed it to the ground fiercely. A great amount of Evil Qi started to surge out from within the ground immediately to form an Evil Array. When the Evil Array was formed, it was nearly a hundred metres wide covering Ji Yan Yong in an instant. Then, countless black swords pierced from within the Evil Array like nails.
“The first move of Evil Sword manual, Evil Sword nails!”
“Senior brother Tu, you’re looking down on me! Haven’t you already mastered the fourth move? Use your strongest move to defeat me!”
Brandishing his sword for the second move, Ji Yan Yong shouted. The claws of the evil spirit started to spin at a very high speed as though it was forming a tornado on the black sword.
Tu Bai Li was not affected by his words. He continued to wave his gigantic sword and chopped towards the black Evil Array continuously. Each time he chopped, the Evil Qi on the sword would seep into the ground and instantly, there would be changes to the Evil Array. The black swords started to disappear but the Evil Qi got stronger.
Ji Yan Yong looked suspicious as he advanced forward as turned into a ray of black smoke with the sword heading towards Tu Bai Li.
The speed was so fast it caused people to gape, he was moving faster than the speed of sound.
When the black smoke was nearing Tu Bai Li, it turned into ten savage beasts, encircling him. They each held enormous swords as they slashed at Tu Bai Li inhumanely. The Evil Qi raised to a whole new level. Without a few breaths, countless swords were chopped. In a split second, Tu Bai Li was surrounded by the swords
“The oppression of the Evil Swords!”
But Tu Bai Li did not tense up. Instead, he brandished his gigantic broadsword lightly and right away, the huge array which he was feeding Evil Qi with caved in on the evil beasts and caged them tightly. Once the evil beasts were imprisoned, they dispersed immediately, leaving the true self of Ji Yan Yong but he was already trapped within this Evil Qi and had lost his ability to fight. He could not move at all.
The winner was decided.
Everyone looking upon this sparring session heaved a sigh of relief.
“Junior brother, you still need to practice more.”
Tu Bai Li laughed as he let go of the gigantic broadsword in his hands
Ji Yan Yong struggled for a few moments as anger engulfed his eyes but he remained speechless.
Though the sparring session ended swiftly, the power of Tu Bai Li was etched in everybody’s minds.
Everyone cheered for him.
Su Yun, who was standing behind the crowd had his eyes burning with flame.
“If I could obtain this Evil Sword manual, I could truly dominate the world.”
But, the Evil Realm ostracised the outside world. And so did Evil Sword Sect. He was a person from Sky Martial Continent, and could never enter Evil Sword Sect.
Su Yun was moved but he did not say a word as he turned to leave, leaving Li Guang and the others feeling weird.
Although Ji Yan Yong had failed, he was not discouraged. He had offered a second challenge with Tu Bai Li the next day. Tu Bai Li did not reject, instead, he accepted.
Su Yun heard of the news and waited at the plaza early. Very soon, a huge amount of spectators turned up.
Ji Yan Yong was not satisfied. He threw up his strongest Evil Sword technique. The Evil Qi was ruthless as though it wanted to mess up Tu Bai Li. But, Tu Bai Li had his defenses up. He made use of three techniques back to back to diffuse Ji Yan Yong’s attack. By the fourth attack, Ji Yan Yong was defeated.
Su Yun had his eyes glued to each and every movements Tu Bai Li made. Activating Heavenly Scale Divine Eye, he analysed each and every inch of the Evil Spirit Qi he used. Su Yun was very focused on Tu Bai Li.
But, Ji Yan Yong was defeated too quickly. Su Yun was extremely disappointed.
On the third day, Ji Yan Yong offered another sparring session.
But this time round, Tu Bai Li was determined to make Ji Yan Yong lose hard enough so this man could understand the differences between the two of them. As the two fought, Tu Bai Li waved his enormous sword directly to reveal an astonishing, wave-like Evil Qi that crashed towards Ji Yan Yong.
Su Yun looked at the move and was completely stunned.
Ji Yan Yong had not even made a move and he was completely defeated by this Evil Qi. If not for the mercy of Tu Bai Li, he would be dead by now.
With the sparring session, Ji Yan Yong finally understood how far apart they were and he never dared to challenge him again.
But Su Yun was hesitant about that.
His heart was burning with a flame which could not be extinguished and the flame was blazing.
It was such an unbearable feeling.
“They’re too far apart! Although bro Ji Yan Yong is an expert but he still can’t win bro Tu Bai Li!”
“Bro Tu Bai Li’s temper is too good. If it was me, I’ll probably be annoyed.”
“This time, bro Ji would probably be more patient about cultivating right?”
The evil people discussed as they dispersed.
Looking at the Ji Yan Yong who was in despair, Tu Bai Li smiled bitterly and shook his head before he kept his sword and left.
Just then, a voice rang out.
“Senior brother Tu Bai Li, your sword arts is intricate and I admire you for that. I wonder if I have the honor to spar with you?”
With that, all the evil people who had yet to leave turned their heads to look and one by one, their faces were filled with shock and surprise.
It was Su Yun.
“Hey, the rascal that came from Black Evil Cave Mansion. What cultivation level are you at?”
Someone shouted out.
“First stage Spirit Soul Realm.” Su Yun replied.
“Do you know what cultivation level senior brother Tu is at?”
“Seventh stage Spirit Soul Realm!”
“Then why are you challenging our senior brother Tu without recognising your own limits?”
However, Su Yun was not affected: “I’m merely asking for an exchange. Not a battle. We’re talking about sword arts and not cultivation level. Moreover, isn’t senior brother Ji’s cultivation lower than senior brother Tu? Why can he spar with senior brother Tu and I can’t? Is it because I’m an outsider? Is this the way it’s done in Evil Sword Sect?”
“This….” The man was speechless.
Tu Bai Li laughed to break the tension.
“Rascal, you’re from the Black Evil Cave Mansion right? Do you use the sword too?”
“Mmhmm!” Su Yun nodded.
“But the lord of Black Evil Cave Mansion doesn’t use a sword. He probably taught you techniques that were not related to the sword. I don’t know how your sword technique is but I’m sure you’re no match for the Evil Sword techniques. Think properly. Do you really want to spar with me?”
“Of course.” Su Yun sounded determined.
“Great! I’ll give you a chance then.”
Tu Bai Li cut the small talk and waved to indicate everyone to make space for them. Then, he pulled out his sword and cast a look to Su Yun.
Nodding, Su Yun took a few steps back and pulled two swords out from his sword sheath, with the edges of the sword pointed downwards.
Thousand Deep Sword and Engraved Dragon Blade.
Death Sword on the other hand was hung on the other side of his waist.
“You’re using two swords?”
Tu Bai Li was shocked then, he smiled: “That’s interesting. Come on, rascal. Bring out your strongest sword technique.”
Muttering, Su Yun cast both his swords in the air and towards Tu Bai Li.
Everyone was shocked to see this scene unfolding. Especially Tu Bai Li. his heart thumped hard.
Throwing of swords?
What was this rascal doing?
Without thinking much, the two swords were burning in flames!
It was reeking with such strong, mighty Evil Qi!
What a shocking Evil Qi! How was this person a first stage Spirit Soul Cultivator? Impossible, he need to be at least a third stage Spirit Soul Cultivator to possess such Evil Qi!
Tu Bai Li thought hard.
Then, another shocking scene unfolded.
The two swords that were casted into the air suddenly stabilised and stayed in the air, with the edges of the swords pointed towards Tu Bai Li. Then, like sharp arrows, they pierced through the air towards Tu Bai Li!