Chapter 163: Uncivilized Duel
While Wei Suo was surveying around, that green-bean eyed old head invited Dong Qingyi and Xin Youlan to grace the frontmost empty seats of the arena. Then, he returned to Wei Suo’s group.
After a simple greeting, this supervisor green-bean eyed old head looked at Wei Suo and Tian Fengzi as he instructed, “Our two duelists and fellow cultivators, we will commence at once. Since both duelists has gained the goodwill of our young master Dong, you can wait at the esteemed guests’ seats beside them. I will proceed to make the arrangements below.”
Nangong Yuqing seemed fine. Yet Han Weiwei, who hadn’t spectated a blood reeking arena before, could only turn pale upon hearing those words. The most distinguished seats were clearly the ones closest to the duelling stage of this Ironblood Temple
Tian Fengzi issued a smirk and didn’t say much, as he strolled towards the seats near Dong Qingyi and Xin Youlan. Instead, Wei Suo expressionlessly asked the old man, “This senior, this one is visiting the Ironblood Temple for the first time. What are the regulations here, could senior please explain a little.”
“The rules of our Ironblood Temple is there are no rules,” that old man offered a forced smile as he walked alongside Wei Suo forward while continuing. “When you enter the stage, you can employ any means to deal with your opponent. But before a winner is decided, it’s best not to touch that divine light screen, because the might of that light screen is equivalent to a skill technique cast by a Thought Division Stage level 4 cultivator. It will unleash a violent backlash, and any attempts to drill out will be met with only casualties.”
“Oh?” Wei Suo observed that seemingly transparent divine light screen. “That light screen shouldn’t affect skill techniques, Treasure Receiving Pockets, Slave Beasts pouch and others, right?”
“Naturally it wouldn’t affect them. This divine light screen is only there to prevent clashing artifacts of duellers from flying out and injuring the crowd, and also to confine both parties within a space of 300 metres so that victory can be quickly decided.” The old man explained. “However, skill techniques that covers a scope of over 300 metres, will be slightly affected. Also, refrain from carelessly smashing brittle artifacts against the divine light screen, and it’ll be fine.”
Wei Suo nodded and muttered irresoluble to himself.
He was concealing a layer of his cultivation, where he was actually a Heavenly Circuit Stage level 3 cultivator. In addition to his refining of Heaven Mending Pellets for those 20 plus days, though his cultivation technique wasn’t mid-level Earth rank yet, it was much stronger than mere low-level Earth rank. Furthermore, Tian Fengzi was just a Heavenly Circuit Stage level 2 cultivator, and only practiced a high-level Profound rank cultivation technique. In terms of overall cultivation, Wei Suo surpassed him greatly.
As for his own artifacts, Wei Suo had artifacts like the Divine Six Suns Firefork and others which should assure his victory. Right now, he was pondering over which artifact he should use, so as to not expose his hidden storage of treasures. Furthermore, he definitely couldn’t reveal those symbolic treasures like the Divine Six Suns Firefork. Otherwise, even if he could slay Tian Fengzi easily, he would be in for a huge trouble.
At present, the divine light screen flickered and abruptly faded, allowing a wave of thick blood stench to waft out. That sinister looking, black robed cultivator then leapt down the duelling stage without looking back, and sauntered into a channel below before swiftly disappearing.
Soon after, two other cultivators came trudging out from that channel.
They both had a Divine Sea stage level 5 cultivation, and one was wearing a cyan leather artifact robe. His features suggested roughly 27 years old, and a large bat tattoo was imprinted on the back of his robe. His body was well proportioned as he maintained an emotionless look.
The other cultivator wore a black essence metal chained vest, clinking noisily as he walked. At roughly his thirties, his face was shrivelled and his expression immensely fierce. His brows curved like blades towards his temples.
Once they entered the duelling stage, that divine light screen emerged once again. Evidently, an East Victory cultivator was in charge of activating this divine light screen formation.
“Our Ironblood Temple is built for all cultivators entering Seven Stars City. Even if a Divine Sea Stage level 4 cultivator wishes to earn some spiritual stones, we can likewise arrange an opponent. Before duelling, they will each receive 500 low grade spiritual stones. As for the winner, not only can he obtain the artifacts from his opponent, he will earn 1,000 low grade spiritual stones in the end. Just like those two cultivators, they do not recognize each other at all, but are here just to earn spiritual stones.” That old man still desired to say something else, as he advised Wei Suo and Tian Fengzi. “When you two enter, you must wait for our temple hall’s disciple to announce the commencement of duel before you can make your moves. But there’s no harm for each to first release any defensive skill techniques or defensive artifacts first. This is the only regulation of our Ironblood Temple. Because, before the duelling commences, we must give our audiences some time to make their bets.”
While the old man was speaking, the two cultivators on stage had started activating their defensive artifacts.
That bat tattooed cyan robe cultivator casted a cyan light screen, and simultaneously released a Half-spirit class Copper Shield.
As for the fierce looking chain vested cultivator, he conjured out two Half-spirit class Iron Profound shields; placing one to his front and back. Then, he activated a red jade talisman, before a wall of fire appeared before him; blazing with fiery inferno. The audience could see everything clearly; yet where that cyan robed cultivator was standing, he probably couldn’t see through that firewall to observe that chain vested cultivator’s movements.
Above the stage, there were minimally tens of East Victory disciples shuttling around at high speeds, and accepting bets.
That chain vested cultivator’s complexion turned increasingly gloomy. Because ever since Wei Suo and Tian Fengzi entered, in addition to Xin Youlan and Dong Qingyi gracing the scene, many nosy cultivators had come flooding in. At least hundreds more cultivators had arrived. Thus, those tens of East Victory disciples were extremely busy, and required probably an incense worth of time before those two cultivators could begin.
But his Fire Wall Talisman could at most sustain itself for roughly an incense worth of time. Looking at the state of conditions now, his Fire Wall Talisman would mostly likely be in vain.
If it was any other cultivator, they probably could not resist the impulse to attack beforehand. Yet because he was here to earn spiritual stones, if he violated the regulation of Ironblood Temple, the Ironblood Temple would most likely penalize a large sum of spiritual stones even if he won.
“Screw this! How did so many people suddenly arrive!?”
“Isn’t this Laozi here just wasting his Fire Wall Talisman! Shit, I should’ve watched the situation first before activating it.”
After a long while, some of the spectating crowd also couldn’t help but start cursing aloud. While some other sharp eyed cultivators actually noticed Dong Qingyi and company, thus realizing there was an extraordinarily duel round the corner.
As an East Victory disciple removed his hand from stage, right as that Fiery Wall was about to extinguish, a crisp ringing sound reverberated through the entire Ironblood Temple.
At this moment, Wei Suo finally noticed a cyan colored artifact clocking being suspended at the top of this grand temple hall.
“Go die!” Concurrently with the ringing, that gloomy looking chain vested cultivator’s hand blurred and unleashed a streak of light; as he charged straight towards the Copper Shield of that cyan robed cultivator.
The chain vested cultivator was instantly invigorated. Soon after, sparks emerged from the Copper Shield; a concavity could be seen. Evidently, this chain vested cultivator had used an artifact with an offensive might higher than ordinary Half-spirit class artifacts. Moreover, that artifact truly had a unique way of execution. It happened in a blink, and most of the cultivators present failed to notice what it was.
A cold glint flashed in the cyan robed cultivator’s eyes, as he unhurriedly activated a white talisman.
Al of a sudden, a regiment of fog pervaded the entire duelling stage. From above, the audience could vaguely see that cyan robed cultivator shuttling around incessantly, as he pressed towards that chain vested cultivator.
“Dang!” Sparks scattered as the cyan robe cultivator arrived by the left side of that chain vested cultivator. A chilling beam pierced straight into the tightly wrapped Iron Profound Shields, before stabbing into the waist of that chain vested cultivator. While sparks scattered, blood also poured out from that chain vested cultivator’s waist.
While outbursts of alarming gasps resounded, a light streak flashed out from that chain vested cultivator’s hand abruptly, as it bored towards the Copper Shield in close proximity. Shu! It then penetrated through the light screen surrounding the cyan robed cultivator, and like slicing radish, it directly sliced off the left arm of the cyan robed cultivator who couldn’t dodge in time.
However, that cyan robed cultivator’s face remained expressionless as his right arm reached out; producing three black arrow darts, which whizzed out from the sleeve of his right arm. Those darts pierced into the injured waist of the chain vested cultivator’s, and drilled deep into his body.
That chain vested cultivator then abruptly turned stiff!
Within a split second of sluggishness, amidst the deathly silence of the crowd….boom! That black chain vested cultivator collapsed to the ground.
Following that, that single armed cyan robed cultivator proceeded to scavenge through his opponent’s body, before issuing a signal.
The divine light screen then vanished in a flash. That cultivator maintained his expressionless state while picking up his decapitated arm, before disappearing into the channel he came from.
“Oh my granny, yet another ruthless one!”
Seeing this scene, the looks of many supporting the chain vested cultivator sank. A chill welled up in their hearts as they muttered resentfully to themselves.
From what they saw, this cyan robed cultivator had actually purposefully sacrificed his arm to eliminate his opponent.
He first employed an artifact to break through the opponent’s chain vest, before sacrificing his arm by shifting his shield away to attract the opponent’s immediate reaction. Ultimately, he managed to slay the chain vested cultivator with one strike. Moreover, it wasn’t an artifact weapon, but a powerful mechanical arm crossbolt. Such unexpected methods in turn filled the cultivators on scene with apprehensiveness. Furthermore, looking at his calm state, he probably had spirit medicines that could join back his severed limbs. Nevertheless, such sly and vicious methods to take down one’s opponent, caused great shock to the crowd.
That old head praised as he clicked his tongue. Then, he turned to Wei Suo and Tian Fengzi. “It is time for both seats to take the stage.”