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Chapter 121 – Late Mortal Core realm, 65 Dragon Marks
Inside a delicate courtyard within the inner circle area of the Black Sect, a young man dressed in white clothes stood solemnly. This courtyard occupied an entire mountain peak, and it was one of the best locations within the inner circle. Aside from Guan Yi Yun, only a few other disciples could have a place similar to this one.
This young man seemed to be in his late twenties. With a sharp facial figure and a handsome look, he could easily stand out amongst the crowds.
A man suddenly appeared in the courtyard and walked up to this young man. The man who had suddenly appeared cupped his fist and greeted the young man, “Senior disciple Fan.”
The man who came was the same man who had hunted Jiang Chen in the Myriad Demon Mountain.
“Jiang Wei, how is everything?”
The young man asked. His name was Fan Kun, one of the strongest inner circle disciples. With a cultivation base at the peak of the Heavenly Core realm, he’s second only to Guan Yi Yun.
“Rest a.s.sured senior disciple Fan, mission accomplished.”
A sneer appeared on Jiang Wei’s face.
“Are you sure?”
A happy expression emerged on Fan Kun’s face.
“I’m sure! Jiang Chen was very cunning and powerful, and he almost slipped away. However, thanks to senior disciple Fan giving me the Silent Poisonous Needle, I was able to shoot the needle into his body and watch him die with my own eyes.”
Jiang Wei described the scene to Fan Kun.
“Very good, Jiang Wei, you’ve done a good job! I’ll reward you with something later.”
Fan Kun patted Jiang Wei’s shoulders. With a flattered feeling, Jiang Wei said, “It’s my honor to help senior disciple Fan!”
“We are all working for big brother Nan Bei. This Jiang Chen was courting death when he offended big brother Nan Bei. Not only this, he even challenged big brother Nan Bei to a fight in one year! Big brother Nan Bei couldn’t kill him because of his status, but I won’t let him get away with it!”
Fan Kun sneered.
“Senior disciple Fan, you should let big brother Nan Bei know that you’ve helped him kill Jiang Chen, that way, big brother Nan Bei will know that you were the one to help him out with this!”
Jiang Wei said.
“No need, big brother Nan Bei will look down on me if I seek credit for such a minor matter. He is now focusing on his cultivation, as his goal is to conquer this world. The Qi Province is just the beginning. Let’s perform our best and help big brother Nan Bei, I’m sure lots of benefits will await!”
Fan Kun said with a smile on his face. If the conversation between the two of them was heard by someone else, it would be enough to drop a bomb and frighten anyone. It was an unbelievable matter, Nan Bei Chao had set foot in the Black Sect, and it wasn’t difficult to imagine that he had men in the Heavenly Sword Sect and Valley of Happiness as well.
Nan Bei Chao was only 17-18 years old, but even Fan Kun addressed him as big brother. This went to show how much respect they had for Nan Bei Chao.
“Senior disciple Fan, right now, Guan Yi Yun has left the Black Sect and entered Inferno h.e.l.l. There’s no one else in the Black Sect who can suppress you! From now on, the inner and outer circle will all be in your hands, senior disciple Fan!”
Jiang Wei was kissing Fan Kun’s a.s.s.
“Hmph! That idiot Guan Yi Yun, he is courting death by going to Inferno h.e.l.l!”
Fan Kun let out a cold snort, he was full of disdain towards Guan Yi Yun.
“Since Jiang Chen is now dead, I heard that the girl who followed Jiang Chen is a very pretty girl, a rare hot flower… Is senior disciple Fan interested in her?”
Jiang Wei squinted his eyes. His face carried an insidious smile.
“Is that so?”
An evil look appeared in Fan Kun’s eyes.
Myriad Demon Mountain!
It has been a few hours since Jiang Chen started absorbing the b.l.o.o.d.y Combat Wolf’s demon soul. He had absorbed all the energy contained within, and the b.l.o.o.d.y Combat Wolf’s bloodline had completely merged with his as well.
Around noon. An intense buzzing sound sounded out from within Jiang Chen’s body, strong energy ripples hovered around his body, and the natural Yuan energies within the valley had turned into whirlpools, making all energy crazily flow into Jiang Chen’s body.
Near the entrance, Big Yellow, who was bored, suddenly stood up. He stared at Jiang Chen who was covered in golden light.
“This abnormal monster is going to break through!”
Big Yellow felt surprised. The method and approach Jiang Chen used to break through was something he had never seen before.
Big Yellow moved out from the cave. He could guess that it was going to become a place of great havoc once Jiang Chen broke through to the Late Mortal Core realm, so he decided to keep some distance.
Jiang Chen’s energy was getting stronger and stronger, the natural energies within a few miles radius had been completely depleted, amazing blood colored Dragon Marks were flying and hovering around him, as if they were real.
Right at this moment, there were sixty Dragon Marks in Jiang Chen’s Qi Sea, and he was approaching the borderline of the Late Mortal Core realm. Jiang Chen grabbed a huge amount of Mortal Restoration Pills from his storage ring, and without checking how many there were, he swallowed everything.
Finally, after his energy reached its absolute peak, Jiang Chen’s cultivation realm stabled down at the Late Mortal Core realm. The impact and aid from the b.l.o.o.d.y Combat Wolf’s bloodline was much stronger than the energy itself, and it had given Jiang Chen benefits beyond comparison.
Now, Jiang Chen had completely condensed a total of 60 Dragon Marks. However, after he broke through to the Late Mortal Core realm, the progress had yet to stop. With help from the bloodline, Jiang Chen managed to form another five Dragon Marks, making him possess a total of 65 Dragon Marks.
Jiang Chen clenched his fist so tightly that it made a cracking sound. His eyes were glowing, he had a feeling that his strength was limitless.
“65 Dragon Marks, it feels so good to be this powerful! If I were to meet Li Wu Ling again in this form, I could kill him with just a single slap.”
Jiang Chen was very confident now. The strength of these 65 Dragon Marks had given him the ability to fight with a Mid Heavenly Core warrior. The genius type of Mid Heavenly Core warriors, that is. The ordinary Mid Heavenly Core warriors weren’t Jiang Chen’s match any longer.
If one were to take all of Jiang Chen’s abilities into consideration, it doesn’t matter whether it was a genius Mid Heavenly Core warrior or an ordinary one, none of them would have any advantages over Jiang Chen. Just the poison and Nine Phantom Wolves alone were enough to cause them headaches.
Jiang Chen’s body wobbled, and 8 illusions of his own image appeared. Each illusion looked completely identical to his real self. 9 Jiang Chen’s moved and surrounded Big Yellow.
“Hehe, Big Yellow, can you find out which is the real me?”
All nine Jiang Chen’s asked at the same time. Doesn’t matter if it was their expressions, movements or tones, they were all completely identical. Big Yellow felt confused.
“d.a.m.n you, you’re amazing! You really obtained the b.l.o.o.d.y Combat Wolf’s innate ability! Crazy, abnormally crazy! You’re really a super abnormal monster!”
Big Yellow fell down onto the ground. He felt excited and speechless at the same time. He had witnessed another miracle today, all while feeling speechless because of Jiang Chen’s insane ability. This method of breaking through was just crazy.
Jiang Chen would be able to absorb any innate abilities from any demon beasts, and turn it into his own ability. This abnormally terrifying ability, if anyone knew about it, they would probably die from fright.
With a thought, all 8 illusions retracted back into Jiang Chen’s body. With a bright smile on his face, Jiang Chen said, “Hehe, with the Nine Phantom Wolves, my overall combat strength have increased to another level; this illusion can surprise my opponent in a fight.”
Big Yellow begun having more interest towards the skill Jiang Chen was cultivating, but he forced himself to restrain it due to not wanting to give a bowl of his own blood.
“Oh right, who was the one who wanted to kill you last night?”
Big Yellow asked.
Hearing this, Jiang Chen’s face darkened, “I’m sure he was someone from the Black Sect. If my guess is correct, he was from the inner circle.”
“I don’t think you have offended any inner circle disciples from the Black Sect? It seems like you haven’t even met any inner circle disciple since you came to the Black Sect.”
Big Yellow was puzzled.
“Yesterday, the man in black said something about me offending someone I shouldn’t have. I’ve never offended anyone from the Black Sect… Looks like the one who wanted to kill me didn’t want to kill me because of offending someone from the Black Sect… Do you think there’s any possibility it was related to Nan Bei Chao or Liang Xiao?”
Jiang Chen guessed.
“I don’t think so. The Heavenly Sword Sect and the Burning Sky Pavilion are enemies with the Black Sect, and no matter how powerful Nan Bei Chao and Liang Xiao are, it is impossible for them to ask someone in the Black Sect to kill you. Besides, that Nan Bei Chao is so proud of himself, he had agreed to the one-year fight date with you, someone like him wouldn’t use such a despicable approach to kill you. If this is wrong, then he would have killed you back in the Whirling Sun Square.”
Big Yellow said.
“Hmph! I don’t care who it was, but I won’t forget it! Those who tries to kill me will never have a good ending! Let’s go back to the Black Sect, I want to find the one who tried to kill me.”
Jiang Chen let out a cold snort. After breaking through to the Late Mortal Core realm, he had achieved the goal he had when coming to the Myriad Demon Mountain. Now, he needed to go back and concoct a pill that could strengthen his foundation, and start preparing to break through to the Heavenly Core realm.
Whenever he broke through, Jiang Chen could precisely feel how many Dragon Marks he needed for him to break through to the next stage or realm. Thus, in order for him to break through to the Heavenly Core realm, he would need a total of 100 Dragon Marks. Now, Jiang Chen had 65 Dragon Marks in his Qi Sea, so he needed another 35 Dragon Marks in order to break through to the Heavenly Core realm.
35 Dragon Marks wasn’t a small number. Besides, the Dragon Transformation skill consumed ma.s.sive amounts of energy when breaking through, and whenever he broke through to a higher realm, it would become more difficult to progress further, therefore, it was a tough goal to break through to the Heavenly Core realm. However, on the other hand, Jiang Chen only needed a huge amount of energy to break through to the next realms and stages. For the once greatest saint in the world, there was no bottleneck when breaking through. He was only doing what he had basically done before, and whenever he reached a new realm, he would have perfect control over the natural Yuan energy, as he had already learned to control it once before.
Just as Jiang Chen and Big Yellow were about to leave the valley, they heard a cracking sound coming from the cave. Although the sound was weak, Jiang Chen and Big Yellow could still clearly hear it.
“There’s something in the cave.”
Both of their eyes were glowing, and they walked into the cave together. They had examined the cave when they came here previously. It was just a 10 meter wide, old and ruined cave. Aside from the stone wall at the back of the cave, there were only some loose rocks on the floor.
That was the sound of something cracking. Jiang Chen and Big Yellow both looked at the stone wall at the back of the cave, and then, they saw a crack appear on it. The sound was coming from the wall.