Chapter 283: To Shirk One Needs Techniques Too
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
In a fair fight, there was no guarantee that one would meet the disciples of the Sun Moon Sword Sect.
Of course, under the insistence of the Sun Radiance Swordmaster, the Sun Moon Sword Sect took part in the competition in teams. However, they sent only four people, split into 2 groups and not 4 groups of 2.
To meet a pair of them would require quite a bit of luck.
However, Lin Feng had full faith in his disciples. Unless his luck was bad and his own disciples ended up meeting them beforehand, he was fairly confident that Wang Lin, Yue Hongyan and Yang Qing would enter the top 8.
As for fighting a couple from the Sun Moon Sword Sect, on a certain scale, one should be wary of their prowess. If both the Sun Moon Sword Sect and the Celestial Sect of Wonders entered the top 8, then the chance of them meeting would be very high.
As to why would they need to bring Zhuge Fengling into the Ancient Huanghai World, Lin Feng had his reasons. However, it was hard for outsiders to understand why as only he could gauge her potential.
Hence, only he knew that Zhuge Fengling possessed average stats all-around, except for her Fortune Value, which was 9. She could be said to be a lucky charm.
Her ability to find so many treasures could be attributed to her Gold-Digging Rat, but it was inextricably linked to her Fortune Value.
While Zhu Yi, who had a max Fortune Value, would be personally going, Lin Feng knew that due to the sheer size of the Ancient Huanghai World he would need a second person with a high Fortune Value to truly make the trip count.
In other words, if they did not manage to encounter a pair from the Sun Moon Sword Sect, or that the Sun Moon Sword Sect was not powerful enough to enter the top 8, then Lin Feng did not lose much.
However, right now, it appeared that his luck was not bad. Yue Hongyan managed to get a chance to face off against the Sun Moon Sword Sect. At the same time, it was at the right round. As long as she could beat her opponent, she would be able to get one more slot.
Of course, this must be established on the basis that they could beat their opponents.
Lin Feng was extremely lucky that Yue Hongyan managed to get this slot. Asking Zhuge Fengling to fight along Yue Hongyan was the equivalent of asking Yue Hongyan to fight alone, and Lin Feng did not fully trust anyone else, like Yang Qing, to take up this task.
If it was either Wang Lin or Yue Hongyan, Lin Feng would be more at ease.
Lin Feng tried to encourage Yang Qing by telling him that he was actually very strong. That was true.
However, the word ‘strong’ had many connotations. It was ultimately a relative term.
While Yue Hongyan did not understand why Lin Feng asked her to bring along Zhuge Fengling, the word ‘fear’ had never appeared in her dictionary before. She nodded her head immediately, “I’ll go right away.”
She turned her head to look at Zhuge Fengling and said, “Stand behind me, take good care of yourself.”
Zhuge Fengling forced out a smile. “Of course, of course.” Her Gold-Digging Rat scratched nonchalantly at her shoulder as it communicated to her telepathically, “Fengling, let’s not fight, please? The Sun Moon Sword Sect is no joke.”
“Can, why not? How about you go before Master Lin and tell him that? He’ll surely agree.” Zhuge Fengling replied.
The Gold-Digging Rat wiggled its ears. “Fengling, how about we escape while we have the chance. If we continue to hang around here, it’s gonna be very dangerous.”
Zhuge Fengling was silent for a long while. “Let’s see, shall we? If we actually did get into the Ancient Huanghai World, there’s bound to be many goodies within it.”
“You are choosing money over life!” sighed the Gold-Digging Rat.
Lin Feng sent the two of them into the Hidden Dragon Gorge as he thought, “If you have something, use it to the best of your abilities. Only then can you avoid wastage.”
The other members of the Celestial Sect of Wonders were all stunned as they looked at Yue Hongyan and Zhuge Fengling preparing for battle. They all thought that Yue Hongyan’s natural partner would be either Wang Lin or Yang Qing.
However, after Yang Qing completely owned the previous battle, no one dared to underestimate the disciples of the Celestial Sect of Wonders anymore. Everyone observed silently, as they tried to find out what’s so special about Zhuge Fengling.
Zhuge Fengling was silently cursing the whole affair in her heart. She almost wanted to die.
“Is this one of the Celestial Sect master’s immediate disciple?” The Sun Radiance Swordmaster’s eyes flashed. With his mastery, he grasped the true extent of her power immediately.
Lin Feng shook his head and replied, “Nope, strictly speaking, she is only an unofficial disciple of mine.”
The Sun Radiance Swordmaster smiled, “Just now, Master Cao and Master Lin had a bet. That piqued my curiosity. I was wondering if I could make a bet with you too, Master Lin?”
Lin Feng smiled, “Everyone is learning from the Gambling Holy Man today.”
Shi Zongyue and the Blue Pavilion Holy Man smiled. Zhuge Guang himself laughed the loudest as he accepted his moniker proudly. He smiled, “Now that you mentioned it, I too am feeling the itch for a wager.”
“Don’t blame us, Gambling Holy Man,” laughed the Sun Radiance Holy Man. He looked at Lin Feng and said, “The wager I am having with Master Lin too shall be contingent upon the result of the battle between our disciples. I hope Master Lin wouldn’t mind the collateral I am offering.”
He flicked his finger as a golden ray of light flew into the sky. It resembled a tiny sun in its brightness.
“The Sun Essence Stone?” Lin Feng looked at the tiny stone as he recognized it immediately. “You are very generous, Sun Radiance Swordmaster.”
The Sun Essence Stone and the Moon Luster Stone were the two most valuable treasures of the Sun Moon Sword Sect. The former possessed the purest powers of the sun while the latter accumulated the purest powers of the moon.
In the world today, the two objects that possessed the strongest powers of the sun were the Sun Essence Stone and the Grand Sun Primordial Flame. However, in comparison to the intensity of the Grand Sun Primordial Flame, the Sun Essence Stone was much gentler and better apt for cultivators.
Under normal circumstances, a Sun Essence Stone was only about as big as a grain of rice. However, with just a tiny bit of Sun Essence Stone, the spiritual energy within it was sufficient for a Foundation Establishment stage cultivator. For an Aurous Core stage cultivator to absorb all of its powers, it too would take some time.
Regardless of Lin Feng’s intentions, his suggestion that the Sun Moon Sword Sect could fight in pairs had benefitted the Sun Moon Sword Sect. The Sun Radiance Swordmaster too would reciprocate, and hence he suggested the wager. He made the bet, not out of anger, but out of sheer curiosity as to the amount of trust Lin Feng had in Yue Hongyan.
Lin Feng understood his intentions immediately, and hence he did not try to cheat the Sun Radiance Swordmaster. He waved his hands, and a black piece of metal flew out and hovered in the air. It was the Matte Glowless Metal.
The Matte Glowless Metal was one of the Six Mythical Metals and was the best material to forge the flying sword. By adding just a tiny bit of it while one was forging the flying sword, the power of the flying sword would increase to a next level, possessing extraordinary abilities.
For a sword cultivator, this was an immensely valuable object. This collateral was greatly pleasing to the Sun Radiance Swordmaster. Both collaterals were of the same value.
Lin Feng said, “It shall be the same as before. Our disciples will get our collaterals.”
The Sun Radiance Swordmaster nodded, “Of course.”
After the two sides had come to an agreement over their collateral, Yue Hongyan and Zhuge Fengling entered the Hidden Dragon Gorge. Their opponents, a boy and a girl and brimming with energy, were there already.
Like all sword cultivators, the disciples of the Sun Moon Sword Sect were extremely sharp. Both the male disciple, Li Bingqing, and the female disciple, Zou Yuhua, were like two swords that had left their scabbards.
After Zhuge Fengling entered the Hidden Dragon Gorge, she ran and hid in one corner without any prompting from Yue Hongyan.
She wanted to enter the Ancient Huanghai World, but to do so she must enter that they could win the battle before their eyes right now. Zhuge Fengling believed her role was to not hinder Yue Hongyan. That was the best she could do.
In such a match-up, she could only pray that her partner was competent.
Looking at her behavior, a look of approval appeared on Yue Hongyan’s face. After Zhuge Fengling had disappeared, she did not say much. She rushed for Li Bingqing and Zou Yuhua, raising her Black Ember Pole-Ax.
Looking at this scene, both Li Bingqing and Zou Yuhua were unsettled. Zou Yuhua asked hesitantly, “Could that girl be planning an ambush?”
Li Bingqing said, “Be alert, for all you know she specially cultivates a spell that would allow her to disappear and ambush others.”
As for Yue Hongyan, the two of them were not that concerned. This was not because they underestimated her, but for them to reach their current stage today they definitely had some confidence in themselves.
Li Bingqing roared as he unveiled his sect’s Sun Radiance Sword Manual. He slashed out with his sword, brimming with radiance. His entire body appeared to have morphed into the sun as tens of thousands of sun rays sliced their way towards Yue Hongyan.
Zou Yuhua, however, took a step back as she revealed her Lunar Glow Sword Manual. Her body shimmered and became translucent, like the clouds in the night sky. Only a few specks of white sword radiance remained.
Their technique relied on Li Bingqing to lead the attack while Zou Yuhua assisted. However, the true plan was for Li Bingqing to distract the opponent while Zou Yuhua striked out from the shadows, inflicting a much more lethal blow.
This time, it was the same. However, Zou Yuhua was more careful as she silently tried to guard against Zhuge Fengling, awaiting an ambush at any time.
Her movement was observed by everyone. Most people agreed with her actions as they believed that her priority was not a quick victory but to ward against any potential attacker. She appeared to have thought out her plans carefully.
However, in the eyes of Xiao Budian and the rest, it was utterly hilarious.
Everyone around them too smiled slightly. Lin Feng shook his head and laughed, “Indeed, to shirk one needs techniques too.”
He turned his head to the Sun Radiance Swordmaster, who returned his gaze and laughed bitterly while shaking his head, “They really have no idea what they’re doing.”