Dragon-Marked War God - Chapter 628
Ninth Grade Combat King
Hu Song had consumed the Taboo Pill, helping him advance to the Second Grade Combat Emperor, albeit temporarily. Pushing his cultivation from First Grade to the Second Grade was out of Jiang Chen’s expectations. Nevertheless, it still made sense when he thought of Hu Song’s preparation to fight the devil leader, it wasn’t unnatural for him to have such a trick.
Seeing his enemy became formidable all of a sudden change, Jiang Chen knitted his brows. As an Eighth Grade Combat King, there was no way he could defeat Hu Song now that he was a Second Grade Combat Emperor. There would be no effect even if he restrain or supress his opponent's force now; it wouldn't be the same when fought against Kong Yang. If the two Combat Emperors were compared, Hu Song was now many times stronger than Kong Yang.
“Not good, brother Jiang’s life is endangered. That Pill should only be used if he faced the devil leader, but Hu Song used it to fight him.”
Yu Wei’s expression changed. No one had ever expected that Hu Song’s trump card would be this. An increase of grade was enough to defeat Jiang Chen, even if it was only for a short period of time.
“How? Big brother will lose to him.”
Zuo Ling Er was worried and looked anxious.
“No need to worry. Jiang Chen must have some ways. In this world, there are no things that are unsolvable to him.”
Big Yellow said. He was very confident in Jiang Chen. He had followed him all this while from Red City. No one could understand Jiang Chen better than himself. Along the way, Jiang Chen had faced different kinds of danger, and confronted a lot of formidable opponents. It was no big deal, this kind of situation was no different from the past.
“Jiang Chen! You forced me to consume the Taboo Pill. It is indeed unacceptable. Today, I must teach you a lesson. Even if I accidentally killed you in battle, it is still fine since you are not an official disciple of Nebula Sect yet.” Hu Song shouted this to his hateful opponent.
Jiang Chen’s Great Soul Derivation Technique made his senses sharper. He could sense the murderous aura coming from Hu Song. He had already decided to kill Jiang Chen. This caused Jiang Chen’s eyes to become cold-blooded. Every time someone wanted to kill him, they always end up in a tragic situation.
To Hu Song, Jiang Chen was terrifying. Today, he had been completely spited by Jiang Chen. There was no turning back, he had to kill him this time. He only had one Taboo Pill, which means that he only has a single change in eliminating this monstrous being. Otherwise, he would lose his chance to kill Jiang Chen forever. He feared that Jiang Chen’s insane talent would attract a lot of attention in the sect. At that time, he certainly wouldn’t get any benefits from the elders like he used to.
Therefore, Hu Song directed his murderous aura on Jiang Chen. He wasn’t afraid of killing Jiang Chen even if there were a few hundred pair of eyes watching him. Every newbie who came to Nebula Sect for the first time would need to go through the Brilliant Mirror first. In order words, Jiang Chen still wasn’t an official disciple of Nebula Sect. It would be foolish to not kill him now. The punishment that he would get the most from the sect would be a few words of scolding from an elder.
“Did you really think that you can kill me?”
Jiang Chen said in a cold tone.
“Haha…you still have a stronger technique to fight me? Even if you have, it will only be useless. I am now a Second Grade Combat Emperor. My strength is many times stronger than my previous form now, killing you will be effortless.”
Hu Song laughed in delight. He was sure that he had already reached a level where Jiang Chen would have no choice but to succumb, as the gap between them couldn’t be easily overcome.
“Of course, I do.”
Jiang Chen said in a plain tone. Now, he had only two ways to defeat Hu Song. One was to muster the force of the Saint Bone, emptying out all of its power to fight him, but it would cost a vast amount of his energy. The crucial point was that there were too many people here, more than a few hundred pairs of eyes. After today’s battle ended, everything that happened here would be conveyed to Nebula Sect. His Saint Bone was his secret, he didn’t want to expose it in front of everyone, no one should know it.
It seemed like only the second option will work for him now. He would refine all of the devil souls in his Dantian, which would push his cultivation to the Ninth Grade Combat King. This would allow him to defeat Hu Song easily. However, this kind of advancement would bring some detrimental effects to his foundation.
“In my hand, there are two devil leader souls which will be exchanged for two Emperor Pills. One for Ling Er and the other one for me. This makes the advancement to the Ninth Grade worth it. It's because of the Emperor Pill. Not only can it advance my cultivation to the Combat Emperor realm, it can also offset all the negative effects created by the advancement using the devil souls.”
Jiang Chen went into a monologue. Emperor Pills were very valuable to him. Even a large sect like the Nebula Sect wouldn’t simply give it to anyone. People normally needed it when they had successfully reached the Ninth Grade Combat King and wished to advance their cultivation to the Combat Emperor realm. If the pill was used in any level before the Ninth Grade, it would be deemed wasteful. If Jiang Chen used the Emperor Pill while he was still an Eighth Grade Combat King, it would only solidify his foundation and advance to the Ninth Grade. He would still need a period of time to step into the Combat Emperor realm. He was now having a life and death battle with Hu Song, he had no other alternatives other than to push his cultivation to the Ninth Grade by refining the devil souls. Once he was done with this obstacle, he would obtain the Emperor Pill and continue his advancement to transcend the Combat King realm.
Jiang Chen wasn’t an indecisive guy, he is a guy with conviction. He would get what he wanted once the goal was set. He adjusted the spaces in his Dantian. All the devil souls flew out together and started refining them. During the conversion of energy by the Dragon Transformation skill, the souls crumbled into nothing and turned into an enormous amount of energy that penetrated into his limbs and bones.
Jiang Chen had stored a lot of souls, especially during the extermination of those Ninth Grade devils. His consumption of energy while advancing to the Ninth Grade Combat King was great, but the amount of souls was enough to satisfy the need. He left the two devil souls of the Devil Emperor aside as they were the items that would be used to exchange for Emperor Pills.
Everyone who was in the battlefield witnessed this event. Jiang Chen was undergoing the same process as Hu Song. His Qi was rising continuously. Inside his body, new dragon marks started to form with great speed. It was hard to imagine the speed of formation with so much energy pumping into his body.
Very soon, a thousand dragon marks were formed. Before, Jiang Chen had thirty five thousand dragon marks, now it increased to thirty six thousand dragon marks, at the level of Ninth Grade Combat King. Also, the Heaven Rank Restoration Pills was something that couldn’t be lacked in the process of advancement. Thus, a lot of the pills were swallowed by him as if they were free.
A formidable aura rushed out of Jiang Chen’s body, and immediately, he reached the Ninth Grade Combat King. The change stunned everyone again, this was another miracle created.
“What? Ninth Grade Combat King? He actually advanced to the Ninth Grade. Is this even possible?”
“Mother of god, this is certainly absurd. Advancing to the Ninth Grade in the blink of an eye. When did cultivation become so easy? Is this the true meaning of being ‘abnormal’?”
“He is mad. Brother Jiang has created another miracle. And do you all should realize that Hu Song’s advancement was only temporary, it is only supported by the pill. Once the effect is over, his power will return to his original state and his body will be affected negatively. Brother Jiang’s scenario is entirely different, his advancement doesn’t seem like he will slip back to his previous cultivation at all.”
This scene made their hearts quiver, leaving them no peace. At first, everyone expected that Jiang Chen would lose this battle. To their surprise, Jiang Chen advanced his cultivation suddenly.
Of course, the difference between a Ninth Grade Combat King and a Second Grade Combat Emperor was still very large. However, the situation changed when Jiang Chen came into the picture. Both of them successfully advanced by a single grade, this suggested that Hu Song was very unlikely to defeat Jiang Chen, and would probably be defeated.
Hu Song was the one who was stunned the most. He saw it with his own eyes when Jiang Chen advanced. He even doubted that there might be some problems with his eyesight when he saw how an Eighth Grade Combat King advanced to the Ninth Grade so easily. He saw it clearly, Jiang Chen didn't use the same kind of pill that he swallowed when he advanced.
“Hu Song, are you confident in killing me now?”
Jiang Chen looked at him with his cold-blooded eyes.
“Humph! So what if you have advanced by a grade? You are still a Combat King. But I am already a Second Grade Combat Emperor. Killing you is still as easy.”
Hu Song made a cold humph.
“Then do it now. If you wait, the effect of the pill will fade away.”
Jiang Chen said. He was now a Ninth Grade Combat King. He felt unusually charged up, the desire for an intense fight was burning inside of him.
Without waiting for Hu Song to attack, Jiang Chen initiated by casting his True Dragon Palm. The giant dragon claw was forty meters long, big enough to cover the sky above his head. It then lunged forward and clawed at Hu Song.
“Frenzy Quake Hand!”
Hu Song exclaimed. He also sent another attack, and at the same time, his Incredible Solid Physique resurfaced.
The Frenzy Quake Hand collided with the True Dragon Palm but it was destroyed instantly. Hu Song’s body trembled and he was pushed back three steps. Although the both of them had advanced their cultivation and their gap still remained, this attack proved almost everything. Hu Song was defeated in their clash just now, he wasn’t powerful enough to defeat Jiang Chen!
In truth, relying on the effect of the Taboo Pill wasn’t a solid plan. Hu Song’s Second Grade Combat Emperor cultivation wasn’t his true power. He wasn’t comparable to Jiang Chen’s advancement which was real and permanent.
“Why is he so powerful?”
Hu Song’s face turned very ugly. He started to get nervous and his heart beat like it wanted to escape his chest, ripping away his confidence for the very first time.
“Azure’s Dragon Five Steps.”
Jiang Chen ignored his opponent’s state, he instantaneously made the first step and casted his technique on Hu Song.