Grasping Evil - Chapter 389.2
Myriad Sword Style
After a series of intense collisions, the blood dragon’s combat strength slowly became inferior to Yun Tianjue’s. Moreover, the only reason why the dragon was able to put up with him until this point was because Yun Tianjue had never displayed any sword techniques. He just held his sword and plainly cut and sliced at his opponent.
The blood dragon’s breathing became heavy and eventually ended up panting hard. His eyes were filled with astonishment. Then, he extinguished the light of his lamp and canceled his dragon form, transforming back to the body of a red-haired elderly man. His face wore a helpless smile.
“You truly deserve to be called the White-Robed Sword God. I have heard you managed to defeat the Sword Emperor in the past when you were just at the First Heavenly Layer of the Void Fragmentation Realm. At first, I didn’t believe it. But now, it seems you can even put up a fight against an expert of the Fifth Heavenly Layer with the profoundness of your Dao of Swords if you recover your former strength of the Fourth Heavenly Layer… That’s why I don’t find it strange at all that you could beat the Sword Emperor.”
“You let me win.”
Yun Tianjue sheathed his sword and descended to the ground together with Elder Chu. Both of them remained calm and indifferent. Neither of them were obsessed with winning or losing the fight. Only Yun Jinghong who was spectating the fight all this while wore a dispirited expression.
Yesterday, he was still raising his tone and shouting at Yun Tianjue to challenge him in a fight. Today, however, he did not even have the courage to face the latter.
In the Rain Palace, who else could easily defeat an expert of the Second Heavenly Layer of the Void Fragmentation Realm without using any magic techniques other than the Rain Sovereign?
By just waving his sword a few times, Yun Tianjue defeated Chu Chang’an. If he wanted to, he could immediately slay Chu Chang’an by exerting all of his strength in a single slash!
Since Yun Tianjue was an expert strong enough to instantly kill an expert of the Second Heavenly Layer of the Void Fragmentation Realm, he could kill Yun Jinghong much more easily who was only at the First Heavenly Layer.
Yun Jinghong’s forehead beaded with cold sweat. His and Yun Tianjue’s actual strength were clearly not at the same level.
“Yun Tianjue has already gotten rid of the sinful mark. He has regained his previous strength. I’m afraid even Father will not be able to suppress him… Fortunately, he can’t remember the past. Otherwise, perhaps my second elder brother and I will end up just like my fourth elder brother…”
The Divine Transformation Realm cultivators of the Serene Heaven Palace got down from the striding bull and greeted the three Void Fragmentation Realm experts.
Ning Fan also did the same. His gaze stopped at Elder Chu a few times but he still did not speak anything in the end.
“All of you are two hours early!” Elder Chu’s expression was somewhat unnatural.
Originally, he intended to have a fight with Yun Tianjue to compete with their strength while the juniors were not around.
However, he did not expect for the juniors to arrive so fast. Now, this group of juniors had seen him being defeated by Yun Tianjue. It was a great blow to his reputation.
“Replying to Lord Chu, when we passed through the Blood Creek, we would commonly encounter some hostile demon beasts who would attack us in the past. It would take at least four hours to arrive here. However, the situation today was rather weird. Not a single demon beast approached us and delayed our journey. As such, it only took us two hours to reach this place.” Yu Bai replied.
“Oh? Not a single demon beast attacked you all? This is a little strange. The group of demon beasts are wild and will bite whoever they see…”
Elder Chu’s gaze shifted from the striding bull and scanned past the group of Divine Transformation Realm juniors. He shook his head in confusion, finding it hard to understand.
However, when his gaze fell on Ning Fan, he felt rather familiar to him although the feeling was vague. Even so, he did not think too much about it.
“Why are there four people missing? Seventh Prince, why didn’t the four revered elders whom you brought went with them? Don’t tell me they don’t want to enter the Blood Dragon Pool?!” Elder Chu asked with a displeased tone.
“I have no idea where they went… But if we ask Zhou Ming, perhaps we can get an answer!”
Yun Jinghong’s eyebrows furrowed. He stared at Ning Fan coldly.
He certainly knew the temper of his four subordinates very well. He, Yun Jinghong, was the one who brought them here after all. Thus, no matter how fearful they were towards the Blood Dragon Pool, they would definitely not be bold enough to run away.
Yesterday, all of them saw Ning Fan obtain three bottles of dragon blood. Seeing that had filled them with greed and jealousy. Thus, they went to look for Ning Fan to act against him.
Today, however, the four of them did not return and could not be contacted while Ning Fan remained unharmed. This inevitably caused Yun Jinghong to come up with some suspicions in his mind.
I’m afraid the four foolish trash had been eliminated by him! It can’t be Yun Tianjue who acted against them. The life plates of these four individuals hadn’t shattered yet and that’s the evidence. If Yun Tianjue was the one who dealt with them, how would the four of them be still alive with his brutal nature? I assume it’s Zhou Ming who created this problem. However, I can’t understand one thing. This man is only a Peak Divine Transformation Realm cultivator. It was only because of his Indestructible Fire Body that he managed to defeat Yun Yan. However, among the Revered Elders of the Five Elements, the other four individuals are Half-Step Void Refinement Realm cultivators except for Yun Yan. Moreover, they won’t be restrained by Zhou Ming at all. How come four Half-Step Void Refinement Realm cultivators ended up being defeated by him?”
“Ask Zhou Ming? Seventh Prince, some words can’t be simply said.”
Elder Chu was a man with wisdom. Once he heard Yun Jinghong accusing Ning Fan intentionally, he immediately understood the implied meaning behind his words.
Could it be that the four revered elders under his command secretly went to give Zhou Ming a difficult time due to their greed but were subdued in return?
Elder Chu shook his head. He did not think that Ning Fan would have the capabilities of subduing four Half-Step Void Refinement Realm cultivators.
Only a Void Refinement Realm cultivator would be able to capture four Half-Step Void Refinement Realm cultivators alive. It would be impossible for a mere junior of the Peak Divine Transformation Realm to do so!
“…” Yun Tianjue gently closed his eyes. He did not interrupt them as if he was giving everything to Ning Fan for him to deal with.
Ning Fan’s expression remained calm and composed. He cupped his fists and replied.
“This junior doesn’t understand what the Seventh Prince means.”
“You don’t have to understand. I have a secret technique that can search one’s memories without wiping out his consciousness. You shall let me search your memories and I will naturally know everything! Of course, this technique will slightly harm the foundations of your Sea of Consciousness. However, if you are the one who captured the four of them, you deserve to be harmed. If it is not related to you, I will give you some pills as compensation.”
As soon as Yun Jinghong finished speaking, he raised one of his large hands and charged towards Ning Fan.
All of a sudden, a column of green cloud qi pressed Ning Fan’s body down, rendering him unable to move his limbs. His face was instantly filled with fright and fury.
This Yun Jinghong actually wanted to search his memories in front of the others.
Even though Yun Jinghong was humiliated by Yun Tianjue several times, he was still a Void Fragmentation Realm old monster after all. Even a Void Refinement Realm cultivator would not be able to escape from the might of his claw, much less Ning Fan.
Even though it was clearly a column of soft and light cloud qi which fell upon Ning Fan’s body, the pressure was so strong that his five internal organs began to bleed.
Every strand of the soft-looking cloud was as heavy as a one thousand zhang* (3.33 m per zhang) tall mountain. When each and every one of them combined together, Ning Fan felt like he was carrying a massive mountain which was thousands of zhang* (3.33m per zhang) tall. The pain he suffered could not be put into words.
At the same time, there was a trace of cloud qi trying to enter his Sea of Consciousness and search his memories.
Even if it was a Late Void Refinement Realm cultivator who was being held down by the cloud qi, he would have to throw himself down to his knees.
However, despite suffering a tremendous amount of pressure which made his bones crack and his knees collapse, he stubbornly refused to fall to his knees. Blood slowly stained his white robes.
His eyes turned cold. He clearly knew that the current him was certainly not strong enough to be Yun Jinghong’s match.
A trace of blood flowed down from one corner of his mouth. His eyes were even colder now.
The Divine Intent of Memories began to coil around his body. Unquestionably, he was prepared to alter his memories anytime.
It was a divine intent of the Second Step and it allowed him to change one’s memories.
If Ning Fan really cannot stop Yun Jinghong from searching his memories, he would then alter them, making the latter be unable to discover his secrets as well as the matter about capturing his four revered elders.
Then, he would see what else Yun Jinghong could say about him!
“This young man’s bones are quite tough. Seventh Prince, I think this matter is likely to be a misunderstanding. I think you should stop.” Elder Chu’s eyes flashed with approval. He was impressed at Ning Fan’s unyielding character of not kneeling down even though his knees were about to collapse.
“Whether it be a misunderstanding or not, we will know after I search his memories. If it’s a misunderstanding, I will certainly compensate him.”
Translated by Tommy, edited by Roel
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